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Google Chrome has not yet implemented handling of mailto links, even though it's a Google browser. Then again, it still doesn't have a version of the Google Toolbar.

Fortunately, Chrome does support userscripts so head over at the Chrome Plugins and download ths user script that automatically converts mailto: links to the GMail compose mail URL. Remember, userscripts for Chrome go in your User Data\Default\User Scripts folder.

Further along in the forum, user PAEz contributes a Chrome-friendly .crx [download] extension for ultra-easy installation. Just download the file and click the install button when Chrome asks if you're sure you want to, and you're set. This version also defaults to opening your message in a new tab rather than a separate window.

Remember, depending on your version of Chrome you run and which iteration you decide to use you might need to add a switch to your Chrome shortcut. Right click and choose properties, and append --enable-extensions or --enable-user-scripts after chrome.exe on your shortcut's target.

[via downloadsquad]