Chrome OS tip: Quickly start a new email from your omnibar

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So you want to write a new email from your Gmail account. What do you do? If you’re like most people, you’ll follow these steps:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Navigate to your Gmail account.
  3. Sign in.
  4. Wait for your inbox to load.
  5. If your inbox is pretty full, keep on waiting…
  6. Click the compose button.
  7. Type in your email address.

But what if Google Chrome could make this process much easier? After all, Google is always talking about how important it thinks speed is. (That’s kind of the mission of the Chrome browser and Chrome OS, right?)

So try this: Next time you want to write an email, simply open your Chrome browser, and type mailto:[insert email address here]. A new compose window will open, completely bypassing the need to navigate to your inbox. You will be able to quickly type your message and then send it right away.

You’re welcome.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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2 thoughts on “Chrome OS tip: Quickly start a new email from your omnibar

  • Avatar of dan
    July 19, 2013 at 2:42 am

    not so great… first, it doesn’t autocomplete the e-mail address, you have to type the full address (the HORROR of that, just imagine)
    then, when I hit enter it launched microsoft outlook, what the hell? isn’t that a google hack, for gmail?

  • Avatar of John Freml
    July 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

    You must not have Gmail enabled as the default. And you’re definitely not using Chrome OS like you should be! ;)


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