Fortunately, Gmail is not as stubborn as it is secretive, and setting up a shortcut to the Compose Mail page in your browser is not directly difficult.
Bookmark "Compose Mail" in Gmail
To set up a bookmark for composing mail in Gmail:
- Open https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#compose in your browser.
- Make sure you have told Gmail to remember your password.
- If the former link does not work, you can try https://mail.google.com/mail/#compose.
- Create a bookmark for the Compose Mail page that comes up.
You might notice your Gmail Labels not loading fully when you go to the Compose Mail shortcut. They are not gone, however, and will return when the message has been sent.
Any Gmail label or folder can be bookmarked in a similar manner.
(Updated October 2012)