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  1. #1
    Force "Mail this web page" & "Share" to use Gmail as preferred email Client


    Hi,

    Since I upgraded to Mojave 10.14.2 with Safari 12.0.2 I cannot get the
    "Mail this web page" or "Share" icons in my Safari toolbar to use Gmail
    as my (desired) email Client.

    The old working mailto.safariextz extension is now ignored by Safari 12.0.2

    I've tried one solution that recommended using the Developer "Extension
    builder" option and going through some hoops to get the mailto.safariextz
    extension into a format that can be installed (mailto.zip and mailto.xar), but
    even with multiple tries and following instructions "to the letter" either I'm
    not versed enough, or, Safari simply will not allow one to bypass its directives.

    Anyone have a solution?

    Many thanks!

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    Force "Mail this web page" & "Share" to use Gmail as preferred email Client
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    Use a different browser.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Use a different browser.
    Wow . . . I am humbled by such a brilliant solution . . . and coming from a "Senior Member" no less . . .
    Truly genius . . . Thanks! . . . I wish I had thought of that! . . .

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    Force "Mail this web page" & "Share" to use Gmail as preferred email Client
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    Nice snark, but the bottom line is, that's the answer. Safari ignore the extension, so if you want to change behavior, you have to change browsers. Or you can continue to be sarcastic and get banned by a Mod. Your call.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    Nice snark, but the bottom line is, that's the answer. Safari ignore the extension, so if you want to change behavior, you have to change browsers. Or you can continue to be sarcastic and get banned by a Mod. Your call.
    I posted an intelligent, well thought-out, question after having spent a considerable amount
    of time trying to solve the problem on my own.

    I sought this forum, and others, to get solutions not "snark" replies.

    Your response was not a solution to the problem.

    "Use a different browser" does not solve the problem with Safari.

    Perhaps I should report you to a Mod for posting a trolling -antagonistic- reply?

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    Force "Mail this web page" & "Share" to use Gmail as preferred email Client
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    You are missing the point. Apple, with macOS Mojave, severely limits Safari, to make it secure. Only approved extensions will work, so your choices are; to wait for the developer to fix the issue, or to use another browser.

    Sorry, but I did not think you were going to be offended by my answer. It's easy enough to do. And it will do what you want it to do.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    You are missing the point. Apple, with macOS Mojave, severely limits Safari, to make it secure. Only approved extensions will work, so your choices are; to wait for the developer to fix the issue, or to use another browser.

    Sorry, but I did not think you were going to be offended by my answer. It's easy enough to do. And it will do what you want it to do.
    Here's my "point": stop replying to my posts.

    Thank you.

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    Force "Mail this web page" & "Share" to use Gmail as preferred email Client
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonDoh View Post
    Here's my "point": stop replying to my posts.

    Thank you.
    He has a right to reply to your posts and his reply is Spot on. Talk to the Developer of the extension. It's in their ballpark.

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    The original question asked in post #1 was..."Anyone have a solution?"...and a solution was offered "Use a different browser" (which could very well be a solution).

    I think the where things went off-topic was...this solution was not considered an acceptable solution. Not really very friendly to give a fellow member a hard time about a solution they suggested (they made an effort...and that effort should be valued). A solution was asked for...and a solution was suggested.

    If that's not an acceptable solution...that's ok...keep waiting for a 2nd or 3rd suggestion (if there are other solutions). Or thank the member for the suggestion...and mention that you would prefer a solution that doesn't require using a different browser.

    Bottom line is...let's please keep things friendly & civil. That's the way we roll at Mac-Forums.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    He has a right to reply to your posts and his reply is Spot on. Talk to the Developer of the extension. It's in their ballpark.
    "right" ?

    He has the right to troll my intelligent post with nonsense?

    That he eventually replied with real information is not the point.

    We all have the right to communicate, or not, with another and
    I choose not to communicate with trolls on this forum.

    Do you propose to take away that right?

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    @JonDoh

    Please, please try not to be offended. We are a "family" forum with contributors from around the world who give up their free time to assist.

    We do get occasional trolls and they get banned. Neither you nor any of those responding fall into this category.

    The answer is to delete the mailto.safariextz extension if that is possible - then try Safari again or, more likely use a different Browser.

    Although we are an Apple Forum, we all recognise that there are good working alternatives to some native Apple apps.

    Browsers such as: Chrome; Opera, Firefox, Waterfox, Brave, Epic, and so on; are regularly suggested because each has its strengths and weaknesses. Give one a try. It is the solution you asked for.

    Ian
    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    The original question asked in post #1 was..."Anyone have a solution?"...and a solution was offered "Use a different browser" (which could very well be a solution).

    I think the where things went off-topic was...this solution was not considered an acceptable solution. Not really very friendly to give a fellow member a hard time about a solution they suggested (they made an effort...and that effort should be valued). A solution was asked for...and a solution was suggested.

    If that's not an acceptable solution...that's ok...keep waiting for a 2nd or 3rd suggestion (if there are other solutions). Or thank the member for the suggestion...and mention that you would prefer a solution that doesn't require using a different browser.

    Bottom line is...let's please keep things friendly & civil. That's the way we roll at Mac-Forums.

    Thanks,

    - Nick
    Thank you.

    I have no issue with "friendly & civil" responses to intelligently presented issues.

    I have many issues with wise-cracked, smart-alec, responses that neither address --directly nor indirectly--
    the problem clearly elucidated i.e., that I seek a SOLUTION to the problem I'm having with Safari.

    "Use another browser" without any further explanation, why, or wherefore can only be taken as a wise-acre
    response. It offers nothing else and in light of my extremely well-thought-out, versed and phrased post
    (after having spent several hours trying various suggestions as I am NOT the only one with this issue)
    there is only one way to take this kind of response: as an insult to my intelligence, injurious to my quest
    and now, a waste of everyone's time who has now gotten involved. Certainly I may have granted
    the benefit of the doubt, but I have come to learn via postings on many similar support sites that those who
    truly want to share their help and/or expertise write more than 3 words.

    If that is not how a troll operates, please enlighten me.

    troll (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll):
    "One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board
    with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument."

    I suggest all trolls be banned from your site.

    A trolls intention is marked by their effect: to ball-up and engage as many others in their
    nonsense for the sake of their sick sense of . . . ?

    That said, I sincerely appreciate your explanation.

    But I take issue with your defense of the troll, "ferrarr".

    Thank you again.

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    @JonDoh

    Please, please try not to be offended. We are a "family" forum with contributors from around the world who give up their free time to assist.

    We do get occasional trolls and they get banned. Neither you nor any of those responding fall into this category.

    The answer is to delete the mailto.safariextz extension if that is possible - then try Safari again or, more likely use a different Browser.

    Although we are an Apple Forum, we all recognise that there are good working alternatives to some native Apple apps.

    Browsers such as: Chrome; Opera, Firefox, Waterfox, Brave, Epic, and so on; are regularly suggested because each has its strengths and weaknesses. Give one a try. It is the solution you asked for.

    Ian
    I sincerely appreciate the efforts made by those who truly make the effort to give valuable advice.

    I invite you to read my other responses especially that to pigoo3 just now and the qualities of a troll
    especially that they are recognized not only by their effect but by the the mysterious and provocative
    nature of their remarks. They speak little but what they do say is either off-topic, off-handed or just
    plain "off" in some way that is designed to invoke the kind of response I gave and that has now
    engaged a total of 6 other individuals in addition to the troll "ferrarr". True earmarks of a troll.

    Thank you for your advice on browsers. Unfortunately, with the learning curve involved in discovering
    what each may, or may not, do I am hesitant but I will try a few.

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