Write Email Directly From Omnibox in Google Chrome

Omnibox is the combination of address bar and box; you can type in web addresses as well as search directly from here. has it and it’s quite a powerful little tool. Not only can you search via your primary site, but also search within individual sites and that’s not all. Did you know you can even write/compose an email directly from omnibox. Here’s how:

  • Go to Gmail.com, log in with the email you want to use for emails.
  • To the extreme right of omnibox, besides Star icon, you should see a double-diamond type of icon(protocol handler icon). Click it & select “Allow“.

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  • Now open settings page (chrome://settings) or by clicking lines icon to top-right and selecting Settings.
  • Scroll down to Search section, click Manage search engines.
  • Add a new search engine; In first field, type “Compose Email“; type “e” in keyword field & type “mailto:?subject=%s” in last field.

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  • Writing email directly from omnibox is configured, now let’s test it.
  • Open a new tab and type “e” and press “tab” & type your Subject field. Hit Enter.

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  • If a page similar to following appears, consider it done.

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