When this happens, I want to slap my laptop in its metaphorical face:


I click a hyperlinked email address (such as this one) in Google Chrome, which opens my Apple Mail program to send an email. Except there’s a little problem -- I use Gmail, not Apple Mail.

Same applies for Gmail users on Windows. Hyperlinked email addresses open in Outlook, instead of opening in Gmail.

You need to get the most out of your email apps. Here’s how to reverse that annoying moment from ever happening again in less than 30 seconds:

Step 1: Open your Gmail account.

First, go to Gmail. After it loads, you'll see this icon called the "Protocol Handler" in the browser address bar.

If you don’t see this icon in your browser address bar, click here for alternative directions.

Step 2: Click “Allow” in the window that pops up.

Now click the "Protocol Handler" and a window will pop up. When it does, click Allow, then Done.


Step 3: You’re done! Test a new link.

Now try clicking this email address: scott@getsidekick.com. Does it open a new Gmail message in new tab?

If so, wahoo! You’ve done it, in less than 30 seconds. Now you’ll never again click those annoying email links and get the wrong program to open.

Alternative solution if “Protocol Handler” icondoesn't appear in address bar

If the icon doesn’t show up in your URL bar (from step 1 above), use this alternative method:

Step 1: Click the Chrome menu icon in the top-right corner of your browser, then choose Settings:


Step 2: Click Show advanced settings then click Content settings under the “Privacy” header.

Step 3: In the pop-up window, go to the “Handlers” section and click the Manage Handlers button. Then select Gmail from the mailto dropdown and click done.


That’s it! You’re done!

Wanna put this to practice? Use follow-up email templates.

I'm sorry, but the standard "just checking in" follow-up email doesn't work. So we created a massive list of follow-up email templatesthat do work.

For example, here's one that helped Bryan Kreuzberger, a prospecting email expert, close over $4 million in revenue:

Just one example from our sales follow-up email templates collection.

But since you can't copy and paste that email, use our new trick to click this email link and a Gmail new tab will open. Now just save this template as a Gmail canned response and you're all set.

If you're a Gmail user, now you'll never again click those annoying email links and have Apple Mail or Outlook pop up.

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Originally published Aug 24, 2015 12:16:37 PM, updated July 28 2017


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