Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Configuring Google Apps (not Gmail) for Firefox handling Mailto: links

Inside AddressTwo, many of the individual email links rely on a simple but universal HTML function called a "mailto:" hyperlink. Unfortunately, this sort of hyperlink is reliant on your browser's local settings to know exactly how to handle it. By default, many Windows PC's will try to launch Outlook or Outlook Express, and likewise, Mac's try to launch Mail. That's wonderful, unless you use Gmail, Yahoo, or some other webmail service.

In other blogs, we address how to configure browsers for these webmail services. However, there is one very unique case: Google Apps. Different from gmail, Google Apps must be configured separately as the default email handler. (Note: this instruction applies only to Mozilla Firefox).

1. In Firefox's address bar, copy and paste the following and hit enter:
about:config

2. Click "I'll be careful, I promise" when the warning appears

3. In the "Filter:" field, copy and paste:
gecko.handlerService.allowRegisterFromDifferentHost

4. Double click the found result to change the boolean value from false to true

5. In the address bar, copy and paste the following:
javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler('mailto','https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s','Google Apps')

6. IMPORTANT: Replace “yourdomain.com” with your own Google Apps hosted domain and hit enter

7. Click "Add Application" when it asks you a question

8. go to Edit > Preferences > Applications > mailto

9. Choose "Use Google Apps"

1 comment:

  1. This should be a lot easier to do in Firefox but unfortunately it's not. Thanks for the quick fix, it worked great!

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