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How can I stop Mail from opening

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davecarama Calculating status...
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Jan 14, 2012 11:43 AM

Whenever I use ANY web browser (Safari or Firefox) and click on an e-mail (mailto) link, Apple Mail opens. It is driving me crazy. I am about to throw my computer away and go back to using good old paper and a pencil to do everything.

 

I have tried the following:

 

Firefox:

Preferences/Applications/mailto and changed the drop-down to gmail (that is the browser my wife uses and the mail she uses)

THIS WORKED FOR FIREFOX

 

Safari:

The preferences panel has nothing about how to handle mail requests.

Safari Prefs.jpg

So I went into Mail (which I frikkin hate by the way, worse than anything you could ever imagine)

Mail's preferences don't have an option for ANYTHING to handle mail... besides Mail (which is a horrible program).

mail prefs.jpg

When I click select and choose Firefox, Safari, anything, it reverts back to mail.

 

I want mail to STOP opening when I click an e-mail address. I am fine with the solution for Firefox. How do I configure Safari to do the same?

 

THANKS!!!!!

Safari, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Configuring Apple Mail Prefs
  • sakotturi Calculating status...
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to davecarama)

    here is a chrome extension that works perfectly. when you click an email address in chrome it opens up a new tab ready to compose an email in gmail.

     

    thread: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=0b8a4badbeaa646f

     

    hope that helps,

    sante

  • transmogrification Calculating status...
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to sakotturi)

    Not everyone uses Google Chrome, or wants to.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jul 16, 2012 4:33 PM (in response to transmogrification)

    transmogrification wrote:

     

    Not everyone uses Google Chrome, or wants to.

    But for those who do this is useful.

  • transmogrification Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 17, 2012 8:58 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    But for those who do this is useful.

     

     

     

    Except that this doesn't help the original poster's question of how to do this with Safari. Those who do use Google Chrome will see the original poster's post and question and not even bother to read further, since it did not apply.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 6:11 AM (in response to transmogrification)

    Neither does your post, the one I responded to,

     

     

    transmogrification wrote:

     

    Not everyone uses Google Chrome, or wants to.

     

    So what exactly is your point Mog

  • transmogrification Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:36 AM (in response to Csound1)

    I also am looking for a solution for Safari. That is why I checked this thread out. As much as I dislike Google Chrome and it doesn't have the plug-ins I like or want. I was hoping for a solution for Safari.

     

    I found a Safari extension. Has anyone had success with this:

     

    Mailto:

    This extension makes mailto:* urls open in online email services. It currently supports AOL, Fastmail, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! mail and Zoho mail.

     

    http://code.google.com/p/mailto-chromeextension/

     

    I do still have a Yahoo mail account. This might be helpful, if one has one of the email services listed with the extension. It doesn't quite solve the problem, though One can still use Safari.

  • transmogrification Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to transmogrification)

    I didn't realize the extension was a Google extension. It's listed on Apple's Safari Extension page. Oh well.

  • The Mlkman Calculating status...
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    Sep 20, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to davecarama)

    There's really only one way to kill Mail.app. Open Terminal and type the following:

    sudo chmod 000 /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail 

    To reverse:

    sudo chmod 755 /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail
  • jake4700 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to The Mlkman)

    I'm not a terminal user, so I'd like to find an extension that does the same thing.  I download the mailto: safari extension. 

     

    here

     

    But I still can't get it to work and there are no instructions. 

    - I've restared Safari.

    - I've closed / restarted Mail.  There still is no way to change the "dafault mail reader" in Mail even after downloading the ext.

     

    Please help - I've got to have gmail mailto for work.  Thanks!

  • vallejogreg Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2013 8:29 AM (in response to davecarama)

    Highlight "Mail" in applications folder. "Command I" or "get info" from file menu. At bottom in "sharing and permissions". you must be an administrator.  Unlock, then highlight the user, and click the "minus" sign below the pane - you may have to play with this a little.  The final result is a greyed out box that says "everyone" and "no access". This places a tiny red minus sign on the Mail folder and disables it

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