JayC, you originally said
Originally Posted by JayC
However, I cannot get outlook set up to send email via my computer.
That indicates that you do want to send via Outlook. You can set up Gmail with Outlook as a pop account or you can set Gmail to be your default mail handler (specifically with mailto links on web pages). You're now saying that the latter is what you want. Try a Google search with those terms. I found at least two approaches within the first few hits.
The easiest way is probably to install the Gmail notifier and configure it to have Gmail handle mailto links.