Make Annoying Email Links More Accessible with GmailPosted: February 16, 2012
What you’ll need:
- a computer
- an internet connection
- a gmail account (free)
So here’s a scenario for you: you’re surfing the web, searching for a company to hire that does x. As you sift through all the community review sites and google search results for your area, you come across one that really stands out; you click the link, and up at the top of the company’s website is a nice, big button that says “Contact Us”, just begging to be clicked. So you visit the contact page to find the company’s address, phone, and email address listed. It’s too late to call, and it’s Friday night — you can’t mail a letter until Monday (or you’re not even sure what regular mail is, or how to use it). When you point at the email address, your instincts from years of web-surfing say that it’s a link, so you do what any self-respecting web-trekker would do: you click it.
A splash screen that reads ‘Outlook’ pops up (if you’re on a PC). Now, if you’re like me, your computer came pre-installed with Outlook. You’ve never touched it, but every time you click one of these email links, it opens up, forcing you to instantly close it. You can’t uninstall it, and it will open instead of Gmail every time you click an email link. Until now.
Step 1: Get a Gmail Account
If you don’t already have a gmail account, go and get one … it’s free. The setup is pretty simple to follow, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Step 2: Download Gmail Notifier
Head over to this address and figure out which step works for you (for Google Chrome, for PC, for Mac). Let’s assume you own a PC. Just click the link, and the information drops down below it. Click Download, follow the steps, and you’re done.
Step 3: Test it Out!
Now you’ll never have to deal with annoying email links taking you to the wrong application again!