Gmail has a convenient realtime chat which allows you to talk to another person from your web browser without downloading and installing Google Talk. You can turn on the chat by clicking the “Turn on chat” hyperlink at the bottom of the Gmail. One of the latest enhancement Google has done to their free email Gmail is adding a real-time voice or video chat directly from your web browser. All you need to do is have a web browser, and voice/video plugin and a Gmail account.
There is a restriction in using the Google video chat which is both sides must have a Gmail account and logged in to Gmail, iGoogle or orkut chat. Then both users must download the plugin, install it for the web browser, and login to their Gmail account. Finally click on the user’s name, then click on Video & more which will allow you to either Start voice chat or Start video chat.
The Google voice and video chat plugin is not operating system independent, meaning you would have to install a separate plugin for every web browser that you use. If you installed the Google video chat plugin in Google Chrome, it will only work in Chrome but not other browser such as Firefox. Currently the Google Voice and Video Chat plugin only available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome. Opera is not yet supported.
There are a lot of free web email accounts that everyone can register to use. The earlier you sign up, the higher the chance of getting the username that you want. Having a short and easy to remember username is important so that people can successfully send you an email without having typing mistakes to your email address. As time goes by, most people have multiple email accounts and manually checking them from your web browser is troublesome. Some free email accounts require you to login at least once every 1 or 2 months or else they will temporarily deactivate your account and removing all the emails in your mailbox.
One of the easy way to automatically check for new emails for multiple accounts is by using WebMail Notifier. This is a Firefox add-on which allows you to add the email accounts login information to it and set the check interval. When found any new email, it will show an alert window and play a notification sound.
By default WebMail Notifier supports Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Daum, Naver, Nate, Paran, POP3 and IMAP. However there are ready made scripts which allows support for other web email accounts such as Adsense, Arcor, DreamWiz, eBay, excite.it, Facebook, free.fr, GMX, Google Reader, Google Wave, korea.com, laposte.com libero, linkedin, lycos, mail.ru, netzero, QQ, rambler, rediff, squirrelmail, tiscali, twitter, yandex and etc.
Google offers a free software for Windows and Mac called Gmail Notifier where it can designate Gmail as the default mailto handler. When the software is installed, there is an option where you can set the program to hook the mailto hyperlink and upon clicking on it, a Gmail compose window will open so you can send email directly to that address from Gmail.
We have nearly covered all of the web browser on how to use Gmail as the default mailto handler except for Firefox and Safari. Safari does not have an option for you to set the mailto handler so you must use Gmail Notifier. As for Firefox, it has a built-in option to set the action for a content type.
Click on Tools at the menu bar and select Options. Go to to Applications tab and type mailto in the Search box. All you need to do now is to click the drop down menu for the action and select Use Gmail. Now whenever you click on any hyperlinked email address on a webpage, Gmail will automatically open and after login the compose page will be loaded together with the email address and relevant information specified in the hyperlink.
The new Opera 10.51 was recently released with speed improvements. Opera is a quite well known free web browser but it takes the 4th place after Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome. Opera web browser supports built-in mailto protocol to use which email client. For example when you click on the mailto hyperlink, an E-mail Client Selection window will open with 3 selections asking you if you want to use system default, create opera mail account or use a web mail service. Selecting the web mail service lets you select Yandex, Fastmail, Opera Web Mail or Mail.ru.
You can’t find Gmail in the list but here is how you can easily add Gmail to the e-mail client selection list in Opera. First make sure that Opera is closed and then go to the folder where Opera is installed. Normally it is installed in C:\Program Files\Opera\. There is a folder by the name of default in the Opera directory. Enter the default folder and double click the webmailproviders.ini file to open with your text editor. You should see Yandex, Fastmail, Opera Web Mail and Mail.ru ID, URL and ICON. To add Gmail to the list, copy and paste the information below and paste it to the end of the file and save it.
Now run Opera, press Ctrl+F12 to open the Preferences window. Go to the Advanced tab and then click Programs on the left pane. At the right pane, you will see a mailto Protocol. Double click on it, select Use a Web mail service and select Gmail from the list. From now onwards, whenever you click on a mailto link, it will open Gmail from your Opera.
Gmail is one of the most popular email service offered free to anyone in the world with a whopping 7GB and counting of email space plus a very good spam filter. However Google Chrome development team has yet to come out with a built-in configuration to set the default email client. When you see a webpage that has a contact link with a mailto:, you can click on it and nothing will happen. As for Internet Explorer, if you do not have any email client software installed, you will get an error message that says Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed.
Here is how you can open your Gmail account with either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer when clicking on a mailto hyperlink.
1. Type regedit in the Search Programs and Files bar and hit enter
2. Right click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, select New > Key and name it as mailto
3. Now right click on mailto, select New > Key and name it as shell
4. Continue right clicking on shell, select New > Key and name it as open
5. Finally right click again on open, select New > Key and name it as command
6. Click on command and at the left pane you should see the name (Default) with the type as REG_SZ. Double click on the (Default) and set the following value date:
To use Internet Explorer to open Gmail when clicking mailto link:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
To use Google Chrome to open Gmail when clicking mailto link:
"C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
This method works only on Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, it only made sense that we posted the 2 registry value data to reflect on IE and Chrome. Users don’t normally use Chrome as their default web browser but wants to open Gmail in Opera when clicking the mailto hyperlink…
Microsoft Outlook is normally used in companies and they keep it open during work hours so that new emails will be constantly being downloaded at a defined interval. Since Outlook by default puts itself in system tray and also at taskbar, it might be taking up unnecessary space at the taskbar. It doesn’t make much sense to have both place to access Outlook.
If you want Outlook to only minimize to system tray but not the taskbar, Outlook has a built-in feature to do that. Simply right click on the Outlook system tray icon and select on Hide When Minimized which should put a checkmark beside it. Now when you minimize Outlook, it will be minimized to tray without showing in taskbar. Now you can have a neater taskbar without unnecessary software taking up on the space.
There is no need to worry if you will be missing any new emails because when a new email is received, there will be a new mail desktop alert popup to inform you about it. By default the option Show New Mail Desktop Alert is enabled so you might want to check in case you have accidentally disabled it.
Microsoft Outlook is one of the most powerful email client that has a lot of features that a normal user would probably never use. Because email is most used by people in the world, it is also one of the method how virus spreads. Microsoft has always been accused of creating software that is not secured so they have implemented a default security where it blocks all dangerous attachments. When you received an email with a dangerous attachment, you will see a message that says “Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments: file.exe.”
Unfortunately Microsoft Office development team did not made it easy to unblock the blocked attachment from Outlook itself and you will have to navigate to the registry and add the extensions that you do not want Outlook to block at Level1Remove. The easier way to avoid messing with the Windows registry and yet able to unblock the blocked attachments in Outlook is by using Outlook Attachment Enabler.
Outlook Attachment Enabler controls the file types of attachments that Outlook has determined to be unsafe for opening. After installation, just run OAE, go to the Display Blocked Extensions and select the extensions you want to unblock from the list and click the Mark as safe. The changes takes effect immediately. If you cannot find the extension, you can add the extension in the box and click the Add button. We have tested it in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and it works like charm.