5 Steps Set Gmail As Default Email Windows 7?

set Gmail as default email in windows 7

Windows 7 allows you to directly send emails from your default email account on your computer when you click on a "mailto” link on the web. However, if you wish to change the default email account on your Windows 7 with Gmail you can do so easily by following the step-by-step instructions provided below.

Steps to Set Gmail As Default Email Account in Windows 7

In order to make your Windows 7 computer to use Gmail as the default email application, you will first need to select a browser of your choice. You can then use your Gmail account as the default email application by following these steps:

1.) On your Windows 7 computer, you will need to press Windows + S to get to the search window. Once you are in the Search window, enter “Control Panel” and press Enter key on your keyboard.

2.) When the Control Panel window appears on your screen, enter “default” in the search box.

3.) Next, you will need to select “default programs” and you will need to click on the “set your default programs” option. This will open a settings window on your screen along with your default map, photo, video, music, and browser applications, and also your default email program.

4.) Now, as Gmail doesn’t offer a desktop application, you will need to access your Gmail account via a web browser. So, simply select your browser which you wish to use as your default for email.

5.) Now as you have selected a web browser to open links with, you will need to ensure that it manages links appropriately. So, it is suggested to check the information below for the browsers – Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.



In order to configure Google Chrome as your default email program, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Open Google Chrome browser on your Windows 7 computer, click on the Menu icon (three vertical dots). A drop-down menu will appear on the screen.
  • From the drop-down menu, select the Settings option.
  • Under Settings window, scroll down and select Advanced option.
  • Next, click on the Content Settings option, hit “handlers” and make sure that “allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols” option is enabled.
  • Then, open Gmail on the next tab and click on the Gray color diamond button located next to Star icon on the top-right corner of the Chrome window.
  • This will automatically load Gmail page when you click on the “mailto” links on the websites.



When you will click on the “mailto” link for the first time on the Firefox browser, you will be provided with an option to choose an application of your choice. In the prompted box, you will see the option to select a checkbox that allows you to configure it as the default option on the following occasions.

However, if you have already selected a default option and now you wish to change it, you can do easily by following these instructions:

  • Launch Firefox options page through the drop-down menu.
  • Select a General option and scroll down to located “applications” section.
  • Under Applications section, look for the mailto content type and choose “use Gmail” option from the list of options.


Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is known for using the Windows default application to open “mailto” links. This means that if you set Windows to Launch Gmail in another browser, Edge will simply open that web browser when you click on the links. Citing this, it is suggested to consider above-mentioned ways to set Gmail as the default email program in Windows 7.

So, these are the ways you can set up Gmail as a default email option in your Windows 7 computer.

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