Gmail in Chrome: This Page Wants to Install a Service Handler

by Venkat eswarlu on August 4, 2012

in Google Chrome

I am using Google Chrome dev. currently on version 22, seems if Google is testing new UI dialog  to make Gmail as default handler to open email links and seems the process is unfinished and this feature is live when you visit Gmail sign-in page in your browser at top right-side of the omnibox you can spot black and light blue icon when you hover mouse pointer it shows “this page wants to install a service handler” when you click on it a pop-up appears do you “allow Gmail ( to open all email links” with options as use Gmail, No, Ignore  and Manager Handler settings link at the bottom.

service handler notification icon in Chrome omnibox thumb Gmail in Chrome: This Page Wants to Install a Service Handler

Gmail’s Service Handler icon in Chrome doesn’t goes away

The annoying part is this icon doesn’t go away if you select any one of the option said above and that’s strange. Protocol Handlers dialog which appears when you click on “Manager handler setting”s doesn’t helped either. After searching in Google we came to know that Google’s plan to Change permission-granting UI for RegisterProtocolHandler.

service handler popup dialog for Gmail thumb Gmail in Chrome: This Page Wants to Install a Service Handler


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rich April 8, 2013 at 12:53 am

So, what’s your point? I mean, I probably have a newer version of Chrome and I just finished clearing all my browsing histories, (several browsers), as well as cache and all that. Then I restarted the computer, (windows 7 HP 64bit on a high perf desktop), and these two ‘gray squares overlapping each other is the icon that now shows up in the Google gmail taskbar.

It says the same thing, (about the ‘handler’ message), and I wanted to know what it’s really asking. So here I am and now I’ve read your paragraph or two and have no idea what you’re trying to say… I mean, are you suggesting something?


Venkat eswarlu April 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

The post was written when feature was not readied for users, now it is. Now all you need to do when next time that protocol handler icon appears on address bar click on it which shows dialog “allow Gmail( to open all email links with options as Use Gmail, No and Ignore. You can select No or ignore from the dialog. Choosing ignore may show same icon again for same Gmail account, but when you choose “No” that service handler icon won’t apepar in future again. Rich hope I’ve cleared your doubts.
You can read about it here


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