Are you missing the context option, or button to send a link by email in Google Chrome? Coming from Firefox, this was one of the features that I have missed the most. There are a few extensions that you can install to add this function, but thankfully, there is a very simple way to do this!!! No need for special add-in, bookmarks, etc….a few clicks and done!
Edit: for using this hack with webmail such as Gmail, see bottom of post for link with instructions
Step 1) First, go to Settings in Google Chrome, click on the three bars in top right corner
Step 2) Click on “Settings”
Step 3) In the settings window, under Appearance, check the box for “Show Home Button”
Step 4) Click “Change”
Step 5) Select the radio button for “Open this page:” and copy this text into the box:
Click “OK” and exit the settings. Done! Now you have a home button in your top toolbar that will function as a button to send a link with your default email client. Try it! 🙂
Thanks to Tech-recipes.com for the inspiration for this idea:
Thanks to Chainsaw on a Tire Swing for instructions how to make this work with webmail services
The “Home” button that it created, it doesn’t open to my email/default email. Maybe I have to set up the default email in the settings? The “Home” button just wipes out the current page and gives me a fresh google home page. Can you please help?
It does work, please follow the five steps in the post, there are a few changes in the settings for Chrome Browser, it is very simple.
Pay attention to step 5, sounds like you missed that step. thanks 🙂
You can only send the URL of pages that are allowed to use Java.
If you have turned off Java by default (like me), then the button will not work unless you allow Java on that page.
Thank you very much for this helpful feedback! I was not aware of this caveat.
I completed just as directed but nothing happens when I use the “home” button. Not sure if I have Java enabled or not? Can you help?
Hello, the article was posted as FYI….I’m not able to help with technical issues, sorry. It works great for me, you may have a simple setting to change, etc…look it up on Google, there are other sites that have info on this, thx
Ok, the quotes were also automatically changed in my comment. So use the following more fail-safe code snippet:
Thank you for this update, hopefully it will help others.
I couldn’t get it to work and this helped, thank you.
Totally, Florian, Thanks!
NOT the code in the article!!! 🙂
Noted…and changed, thanks!
This works great for 50% of the sites out there but certain sites it does not work at all.
thanks for posting. this is legit, and alleviated a tremendous amount of frustration. Best regards, MD.
Thank you for the feedback!
Thanks!! Works flawlessly, really appreciate it!
Thank you for the contact
Works for me…
Thank you for the feedback!
It works for most web pages, I just tested it on my end, works fine
Sends me into Windows 10 Live Mail and not Chrome mail
Please see: https://www.chainsawonatireswing.com/2015/05/03/a-guide-to-getting-webmail-services-to-work-with-mailto-links/
hello, you need to change your default application for email. Google how to change default email application in Windows.
Thanks you VERY much. I’ve been looking for hours for a solution. Finally, something simple that actuallylworks!
Once I sorted out my errors and followed instructions properly, it works a treat. Much appreciated
There’s an easier way to do this. Use this Chrome Extension – https://www.emailthis.me/how-to-send-link-web-page-by-email-in-chrome
I was already using my HOME button, but the same code worked great in a new entry on the bookmark bar.
A required app for work forced me to abandon IE and go to Chrome and I’ve SO missed this function. I never used the home button so your solution was quick to do and works great. Thanks
Thank you very much! I never would have sorted this on my own.
your suggestions didn’t work. I followed them closely but when you say click OK there is no place on Chrome with that OK. what gives?