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Making Gmail Your Default Client

In most web browsers, clicking on an email address link on a website will trigger a client like Outlook or Entourage to open, instead of your GoogleApps@Brown account.  There are several ways to configure your browser to use GoogleApps@Brown instead. 

What solution can I use?


The easiest way to set up GoogleApps@Brown as the default client in Chrome is to install an extension called Send Using Gmail (no button).  For instructions, see:
Setting GoogleApps@Brown as the Default Mail Client in Chrome

Chrome is a browser created by Google and it's the best browser to use with Gmail.  If you don't have Chrome and would like to install it, visit http://www.google.com/chrome.

  1. If you previously installed any Chrome extensions to make Gmail to handle email links, delete them. To do this, go to the menu in Chrome, then choose Tools > Extensions. In your list of extensions, look for extensions like “Send From Gmail” or “Send Using Gmail” and click the trashcan next to each of these to delete.

  2. Using Chrome, log into your Brown Google account
  3. Look for the icon all the way on the right side of the address bar. Click it.

  4. When prompted, choose the “Use Brown University Mail” option to set your Brown account to open email links, then click Done. 


These instructions are for the Firefox browser version 3.0 and higher. to check what version you have, select "About Mozilla Firefox" from the Help menu.  
Setting GoogleApps@Brown as the Default Mail Client in Firefox

If you don't have Firefox and would like to install it, visit firefox.com.

Other Browsers

If you are unable to set Gmail as your default mail client in another browser, you will have to right click (PC) or control click (Mac) an email link, copy it, and paste into a new email in Gmail. However, we strongly recommend using Chrome or Firefox with Gmail.