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How to Set Gmail as the Default Mail Program in Chrome


  • Click an email address in Clio to automatically open the New Message template in Gmail 
  • Set up Gmail as your mailto email client in Google Chrome
  • Open client's emails in Gmail automatically


  • Clio Manage
  • Google Chrome
  • Gmail

Additional Information:

  • You can also set up Gmail as the Mailto Email program in Mozilla Firefox


  1. Open the Windows “settings”
  2. Click on the “apps” menu.
  3. From the “apps” menu, click on the “default apps” tab.
  4. Select “email” and set it to the browser of your choice.
  5. Set up your browser to open mailto links in Gmail by default.

Alternative Procedures:

  1.  Click and open chrome://settings/handlers
  2. Make sure the Allow sites to ask to become default handlers for protocols (recommended) is slide is on
  3. Open Gmail you will get the handler icon Service handler on the far right of the address bar for 2 seconds then it will go away
  4. When you return to handlers at chrome://settings/handlers, you will see that Gmail is blocked
  5. Go to Windows settings and hit the windows key and search "Default Apps" here under Email click on it and change to Chrome.
  6. Once you have fixed the default email client in Windows by setting it to Chrome (in the Default apps settings), open Gmail and there should be a pop-up prompt asking to make Gmail the default application 
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