Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Add Gmail to Opera's Webmail "Mail to:" feature

I have used Opera for about a year or so, and the new Opera 10 is amazing. One of the neat features of Opera 10 is the way it handles mailto: links....you know those sometimes annoying links that you click and then the browser loads your default Email program....problem is a lot of people use webmail as their primary email client. So when you click one of those mailto: links instead of your webmail program opening up (which is what you want) a program like Windows Mail that you never use pops up, forcing you to copy and paste the address and then open your webmail program.

The way Opera handles mailto: links is, on the first email link you click on after a clean install of Opera the program will ask you if you want to use the default mail program, Opera mail or a webmail service like hotmail. Once you make your selection all the mailto: links you click to in the future will open up in your preferred email or webmail client.

The problem is Gmail is not among the list of web mail providers, but luckily you can add Gmail to the list by making a minor edit to a .ini file....

Here's how:

1.) Shut down Opera

2.) Navigate to C:\Program Files\Opera\defaults

3.) find the file "webmailproviders.ini" and open it in a text editor like notepad

4.) below the final line of text add these lines of code:

           [Gmail.com]
           ID=8
           URL=Https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&to=%t&su=%j&body=%m
           ICON=http://mail.google.com/mail/images/favicon.ico



           [Gmail]
           ID=8
           URL=https://mail.google.com/mail/?
           source=mailto&tf=1&view=cm&fs=1&to=%t&su=%j&body=%m&cc=%k&bcc=%l                 
           ICON=http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico


*I updated this code after getting some feedback that the original code would lock up. This new code came from user "eydaimon" who posted the fix for Gmail to Opera's mailto: feature on Jamie Martin's blog. Thank you Jamie & "eydaimon"

5.) Save the file and restart Opera....now you should be able to select Gmail as your defualt mail provider and whenever you select a mailto: link Opera will automatically open a compose mail page in gmail.

Sources:

misa.ufb.cz - Gmail as a webmail service in Opera 10 blog post
Jamie Martin's - Make Gmail The Default Mailto: Handler In Opera 10 blog postlog post

43 comments:

  1. Great tip, seems to work great, but Gmail freezes up on the loading screen for me.

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  2. Thank you Anonymous for pointing this out. I did some googling and found a solution to your problem. I updated the post with the new updated code.

    Hope this new code works for you.

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  3. Haha! Yeah, I was looking for this post to see if any response had been made and accidentally came across this http://weblog.timaltman.com/archive/2009/01/13/web-mail-integration-opera-100 which has a slightly different version, which works too. -AnonymousAgain

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  4. This don't work for me. When I click on a mailto-link, Gmail opens in a new tab, but I end up in the Inbox, and have to copy the e-mailadress and paste it after clicking Compose new mail...

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  5. i use next:
    [Gmail]
    ID=1
    URL=https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=btop&fs=1&to=%t&shva=1#compose
    ICON=http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico

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  6. There is no webmailproviders.ini in 10.10

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  7. With the provided code, I have the same problem as Gus. It just opens the Gmail inbox in a new tab. Does not go to compose message. Alexander's code opens and BLANK compose message screen.

    This code works for me in Opera 10.63:

    [Gmail]
    ID=8
    URL=https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s
    ICON=http://mail.google.com/mail/images/favicon.ico

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  8. i can confirm the previous post. the code in this thread doesn't work, but the one right above does. thanks!
    oh, i love opera! :D

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  9. Thank you very much for this information, I wish you further progress, I have experience and worked with me but in the following way:
    Copy the desired file to your desktop and add the code in the end it saved the changes and I have to paste it into the original file.
    Salah Ali from Syria.

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  10. This one works fine for me

    [Gmail]
    ID=8
    URL=https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&view=cm&fs=1&to=%t&su=%j&body=%m
    ICON=http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico

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  11. Thanks, last line of code seems to work for me. I can't imagine why they left such an important feature away..it's either an error or mistake, but in any case, it drives potential users away. Wake up opera developers!!

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  12. I use Windows 7 and I don't have permissions to change that file. How do I get around this?

    Thanks all!

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  13. See also http://operawiki.info/WebMailto (sections "Adding Support for Gmail" and "Currently Supported Webmails")

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  14. I've used this today. #compose needs to be added!

    [Gmail]
    ID=8
    URL=https://mail.google.com/mail/?#compose
    source=mailto&tf=1&view=cm&fs=1&to=%t&su=%j&body=%m&cc=%k&bcc=%l
    ICON=http://mail.google.com/favicon.ico

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