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Friday, August 12, 2005

GMail Default Email Program / Start Menu

This is a nice little hack that I found. It enables you to make GMail your default email program on your PC. It also replaces the email shortcut in your WinXP Start Menu to point at your GMail account.

Note: This hack involves editing your Windows registry which could cause serious problems if your not sure of what you are doing. To be on the safe side you should create a System Restore point before attempting.

Copy and paste the code below into a notepad (or any text editor):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Google GMail"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell\open]
@="Google GMail"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Google GMail\shell\open\command]
@="rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler"
Save the file as "anytext.reg" using the filename of your choice in place of "anytext". Now navigate to the file you just created. Double click on it or Right Click and than click on merge.
Now click on an empty part of your taskbar and click on Properties. Click on the "Customize" button under the Start Menu Tab. Where it says "Show on Start Menu" go to the Email: check this box and make sure it is ticked. Next in the Email drop down box open the drop box and click on Google GMail. Click OK. Click Apply Changes (or OK) in the remaining window and VOILA!


At Wednesday, December 07, 2005 3:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THanks. Just what i needed.

Posted by George

At Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this. is there a way to change the icon from the internet explorer icon to the gmail favicon though? 

Posted by Kevin

At Sunday, February 19, 2006 2:35:00 AM, Anonymous anthony said...

when i click merge it says connot import *file name and locaction* the specified file is not a registry script. you can only import binary files from within registry editor.

i saved the file as gmail.reg it is considered a .reg file and even the icon is a reg file icon. please help it is very appriciated
thank you 

Posted by anthony

At Friday, March 10, 2006 9:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RTFM anthony... you have to include everything, even the first line:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Or it regedit won't pick it up. 

Posted by Binary

At Friday, March 17, 2006 7:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem to work if Firefox is the default browser. All that happens is that the "Internet Properties" dialog opens. Anyone know how to get it to work with Firefox, too? 

Posted by cullwock

At Friday, March 17, 2006 7:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops. I think I was being a bit quick here. I didn't change the Startmenu settings to Gmail.

For anyone else, after importing the registry file, RIGHT-click on the start-menu, choose Properties -> Cusotmize..., and in "Show on Start Menu" select "Google GMail".

Thanks for this! 

Posted by cullwock

At Monday, March 27, 2006 10:02:00 AM, Blogger GoogleDude said...

@Kevin - That would require the gmail icon to be on your hard drive by default. Most people do not have this including me, so I am not going to attempt or post this. I will let you know if I find a work a round for it.

@anthony - Be sure to include the first line "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00". Any file you save with a .reg extension will appear as a .reg file, but without that first line the Registry Editor will not be able to read it.

@Binary - I included that in the post didn't I? Maybe I'll highlight it to make sure others do not miss it. Glad you got it working. ;)




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