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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

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