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July 11, 2008


I've been looking for this for some time, to no avail. I just use my Gmail account via Thunderbird from OpenOffice.org. Defeatist, I know, but it gets the job done!

With a webmail interface? I don't know how to pull that one off, but I DO know THIS... GMail has supported SMTP, IMAP and POP3 (the protocols used by most standalone email client programs) for a while now and OpenOffice send as email features use your desktop's default email client, so a quick Google search on how to set up Thunderbird or KMail (or whatever your preferred email client is) to use GMail will turn up your answer fairly quickly. Just set up your favorite email client to use GMail's SMTP (sending) server as it's default outgoing server and set that email client as your desktop's default and you're good to go. :)

HTH - Silver Knight

Hi SK,

Thanks! I'll check it out.


Hi! This work around might be of some help: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/set-gmail-as-default-mail-client-in-ubuntu/ Basically it calls a script and then the script executes firefox with the appropriate url for gmail. You might have fiddle with it... Cheers Juergen

Hi Juergen,

Thanks! Looks good.


Not sure if this can help, i found it yesterday and haven't tried it yet.


It's not a perfect workaround, but I have Evolution on my machine set to use my gmail account (gmail offers IMAP/POP service.)

If OpenOffice.org can work with Evolution, you can use that to send email. I typically don't email documents (the two documents I touch the most are spreadsheets holding private financial data).

Hi Brian,

Interesting idea -- I'll play with that. Thanks!

This is possible through an extension. There is a Java API for Gmail here http://g4j.sourceforge.net/ We just need the engine of the application and make it as an option form. Is also GPL. We just need a brave Java developer that knows about UNO to do it.


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