Just upgraded to ubuntu 12.04 and installed Google Chrome and Thunderbird.

When I click on an email address link in google chrome it does nothing most of the time but some of the time it opens a new chrome tab and signs me into googlemail, but in Ubuntu 11.10 it would open Thunderbird to write the email.

How do I get Thunderbird to open to write the email?



It sounds like your preferred email client is now 'Chrome' instead of 'Thunderbird'. To change that, perform the following steps:

  • Open 'System-Settings'

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  • Click on 'Details'

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  • On the left side of the window, click on 'Default Applications'

  • On the mail option between browser and calendar, select 'Thunderbird'

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  • Close the window

Hope that helps


Another part to look at that Peter found was the following solution:

  • Right click on the 'mailto' link
  • Find 'Open Link With'
  • Select 'Configure'

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  • Remove any Protocol Handler types that you don't want to use like 'mailto' or 'webcal'

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  • Thanks for the help but that isn't the problem - I have actually found the issue - but couldn't post my own solution because I don't have a high enough rating. – Peter Apr 29 '12 at 17:42
  • The solution is to right click on the email link in chrome and then remove the default as gmail and then it resets it's to the settings you mentioned above. – Peter Apr 29 '12 at 17:43
  • Thanks Peter for that update. I have updated my entry to reflect what you have found. I noticed it to just after I came back to check up on this entry. – ruffEdgz Apr 29 '12 at 18:03
  • How do you paste screen prints in your replies - when I try I doesn't work? Totally as a side question! – Peter Apr 29 '12 at 19:13
  • When answering a question, you should see text that says 'img'. When you click on that, you will have two options to place in a picture: 1) download locally from your computer. 2) Use an image that is online. When selecting an image, it must be in a format that works like jpg, png, etc... Once done, you will see something like so: ![enter image description here][1] at the bottom of the screen, you will see something like this: [1]: i.stack.imgur.com/S7pQz.jpg – ruffEdgz Apr 29 '12 at 21:55

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