Having Google Mail Open When I Click On an Email Address from a Website

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Last Updated: August 10, 2022
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When you click on email addresses listed on webpages, you might find that your computer tries to open Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook, or Apple Mail to email the contact. You can instead have your Stony Brook Google Mail open in Chrome as your default mail program. Here's how:

Setting Google Mail as the Default Mail Program

  1. Open Google Chrome ""

  2. Sign in to your Stony Brook Google Mail at www.stonybrook.edu/mycloud

If chrome handler iconappears in the address bar

  1. In the right side of the address bar, click chrome handler icon, select Use Stony Brook University Mail, and click Done and that's it.

    chrome mail handler options

If chrome handler icondoes not appear in the address bar:

  1. Click the three dots ⋮ near the top-right corner of Google Chrome
  2. Select on Settings

  3. On the left of the Settings page, select Privacy and security 

  4. Select Site Settings

  5. Select Additional permissions to expand that section
  6. Select Protocol handlers

  7. Select Sites can ask to handle protocols
     Scroll down to the Not allowed to handle protocols section and make sure that mail.google.com doesn't appear in this list.

  8. In your Chrome Browser's address bar, enter mail.google.com.
  9. Click the mailchrome handler iconService handler in the web address bar.
  10. Click Allow and then Done.


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