Use GMail For Default Email Program in XP, Vista, or OS X

Web-based email clients can be a little painful because they are not closely integrated into the OS. Google has made it easy to integrate gmail into windows and apple systems.


First, install the Windows gmail notifier

The later installations of the notifier actually allow the user to setup gmail as the default email client from the installation. Just click the Use for outgoing email box.


If you already have gmail notifier installed, you can right click on the notifier icon in the system tray, select Options, and check Use Gmail for internet mailto: links.


For OSX, the user should also install the gmail notifier.

1. Click the Mail icon on the Menu bar
2. Go to Preferences
3. Select Settings
4. Select Gmail in the Default Email Program dropbox

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13 Responses to “Use GMail For Default Email Program in XP, Vista, or OS X”

  1. December 31, 2008 at 1:06 am, Derek said:

    The notifier will not work as the default mail program in Vista


  2. January 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm, AurariaMJ said:

    Thanks for this. It made life a lot easier for me. I hated that every time I clicked an email link, my machine would open up Apple Mail, and I would then have to copy and paste the email address into Gmail.


  3. February 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm, Poland Joe said:

    Sorry, this does not make it happen. Still cant make GMAIL the default…Outlook seems locked in. VISTA


  4. July 06, 2009 at 8:05 pm, GErry said:

    This doesn’t work. Itopens my gmail but I still have to copy and paste the email address over to my gmail email window.


  5. July 23, 2009 at 12:32 am, tim said:



    change value to:

    “%ProgramFiles%Internet Exploreriexplore.exe”‘′)

    almost!. except I cant figure out how to get the to and subject values set inside the gmail compose page…grrrr


  6. August 03, 2009 at 3:19 am, Kyla said:

    THANK YOU! :D …yet someone said it wasn’t possible to set gmail as default in vista…


  7. August 06, 2009 at 8:52 am, JH said:

    In Windows 7 you can go to Default programs in the start menu and configure Google Pack as the default program for email. Really easy. Notifier is not required.


  8. December 30, 2009 at 3:55 am, Anonymous said:

    Or you can just use the free GmailByDefault utility at


  9. July 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm, GuestPhill said:

    Junk…I’ve tried it on several computers. Cannot make gmail default.


    • July 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm, GuestPhill said:

      I take it back. It works great finally….


  10. June 09, 2011 at 2:51 am, Piet Sap Strydom said:

    Only for XP


  11. June 09, 2011 at 2:51 am, Piet Sap Strydom said:

    Only for XP


  12. November 26, 2012 at 8:03 am, intikhabalam said:

    i am intikhabalam from gilgit -baltistan


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