Make Gmail Your Default Email Program

Make Gmail Your Default Email Program

It is possible that you make Gmail your default email program. Making Gmail the default mailto handler means that, whenever you click on an email address that is hyperlinked, it will automatically open the Gmail Compose Mail window allowing you to send an email to that email address from your Gmail account.

You need to follow the below mentioned steps to set Gmail as the default email application.

For Windows users:

  • You need to first download Google Notifier in your system.
  • Within the system tray, right-click on Gmail Notifier icon and select “Options” from the right-click context menu.
  • Check the checkbox corresponding to the option that allows you to use Gmail for all mailto: links on the internet.
  • Finally, click on the “OK” button.


In future, if you wish to set another email client as default email application, you need to uncheck the option that you just enabled in the above procedure.

For Mac users:

  • Download Google Notifier.
  • Open the Google Notifier and click on the Mail icon placed within the menu bar.
  • Go to “Preferences” and click on “Gmail Tab”.
  • Choose Gmail from the drop-down menu for the option “Compose mail in”.

A Brief Review On Notifier Privacy Practices

A Brief Review On Notifier Privacy Practices

You can be carefree while using Google’s products like Google Notifier and Gmail Notifier as Google respects and takes good care of your privacy.  When you run Gmail / Google Notifier on your system, Google does not store any of your personal data other than what is generally gathered while using Gmail.

Gmail /Google Notifier come with only single software which is needed during the installation. Google makes it a point not to trick you into installing any other software on your system. From time to time, the Notifier contacts Google server to make sure that you have the most recent version running on your PC. If Google detects that the Notifier version is not the latest one, it automatically updates it.    

A small portion of text from your unread messages is stored by the Notifier in your PC’s temporary memory. No permanent data is stored in the Notifier or transmitted back to Google.

In case you select the option “Remember my Password” while signing in to your Gmail Notifier, it is stored by Windows in ‘Protected Storage’ which is the location where Internet Explorer stores all its passwords. Your Gmail password remains encrypted to prevent other users from accessing it.

Change Your Google Notifier Settings

Change Your Google Notifier Settings


You can make your Google Notifier work the way you prefer by choosing among the numerous options that it offers.  To choose the desired options, you need to either click on Notifier menu icons or go to Preferences. For instance, in case you do not use Gmail and do not wish to be informed regarding the new mails, you can simply disable that particular feature.

Below mentioned are the settings which are available in Preferences.

Gmail Tab

  • Choose whether or not to be informed about a new Gmail message.
  • Choose a preferred email client (like Entourage or Mail) so as to compose new mails.
  • Choose a sound for receiving notification of a new message.
  • Display/ do not display the count of unread emails within the menu bar.
  • Display/ do not display a pop-up while notifying about a new message.


Account tab

  • Change the email address that you use while signing in.
  • Set the Notifier to start automatically whenever you logon to you Mac.


Calendar tab

  • Choose whether or not to be informed about an upcoming Calendar event.
  • Choose a preferred sound for being informed about an upcoming event.
  • Display/ do not display the count of upcoming events within the menu bar.
  • Display a pop-up when a scheduled event approaches closer.

Install And Uninstall Gmail/ Google Notifier

Install And Uninstall Gmail/ Google Notifier

 Gmail Notifier by Google is designed for Windows Operating Systems whereas the Google Notifier works with the Mac. Both these Google services basically notify the user whenever he/she receives a new email message. The procedure for installing Gmail/ Google Notifier is quite simple.  You just need to follow the below mentioned steps.

For Windows:

You require Windows XP or Windows 2000 Operating System to install Gmail Notifier.

Procedure to install Gmail Notifier:

  • Go to the link “”.
  • Click on the button “Download Gmail Notifier for Windows”.
  • A File download box will be displayed. You need to click on “Save”.
  • In case the installation does not start immediately, click on GmailInstaller icon and simply follow the installation instructions as prompted.

 Procedure to uninstall Gmail Notifier:

  • Click on Start button to display the Start Menu and go to “Control Panel”.
  • Click on “Add & Remove Programs”.
  • Select “Google Gmail Notifier” from the list of installed programs and click on the option “Remove”.

 For Mac:

You require Mac OS 10.4 or high versions in order to install Google Notifier. It is compatible with Intel and PowerPC processors.

Procedure to install Google Notifier:

  • Open the link  
  • Click on the button “Download Google Notifier for Mac”.
  • Different browsers will show different dialog boxes. For instance, if you use Safari browser, you have to click on the option “Download” to confirm and follow the instructions for installation.
  • Drag and drop Google Notifier icon into the Applications folder.
  • Go to Applications folder and double-click on Google Notifier icon.
  • You need to enter the username and password of your Gmail account.

 Procedure to uninstall Google Notifier:

To uninstall the Google Notifier from Mac, you simply need to drag and drop Google Notifier icon into the Trash.