How To Change MAILTO: Protocol To OEClassic or Thunderbird? (W10CE)

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    It says "Install Apps from anywhere" in Apps and Features
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    Ex_Brit said:
    I can use mailto in Firefox and choose OEClassic, that's fixed but I still can't select it for the OS's MAILTO Protocol. It just doesn't offer any external programme at all except Outlook and/or GMail and those only because they're apps. It won't allow me to browse my Programs list.
    No, it only lists those apps that specifically declare in the registry that they have the capability to handle the MAILTO protocol. I got Firefox to appear in my list by adding an appropriate registry entry to say that it did. You may well be able to add a similar registry entry for OEClassic. Failing that, you may be able to use Firefox to handle MAILTO as it would then act as a stepping stone on the way to your OEClassic.

    From the link I gave earlier....



    In the case of Firefox, a new String named mailto should be added to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\Capabilities\URLAssociations with the value FirefoxURL
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    Yes, that would at least work. But it would be awkward and defeats the whole object of that shortcut. I'll continue digging and thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions thus far.
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    Ex_Brit said:
    Yes, that would at least work. But it would be awkward and defeats the whole object of that shortcut. I'll continue digging and thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions thus far.
    Try digging here....

    StackOverflow: Register Windows program with the mailto protocol programmatically

    ...or here.

    SuperUser: How do I add new applications to the “Set Default Programs” list in Windows Vista/7?

    The bottom line is that the OE Classic installer did not register OE Classic as capable of handling the MAILTO protocol (even though it can). You can either try the latest release to see if it's been fixed, pester OE CLassic themselves to fix this omission, or (as I did for Firefox) work out the registry entries that should have been included (but weren't).

    Slartybart said:
    The issue is that OE Classic is not properly registered. This happens with a few of my freeware pgms and it is an installer issue.
    Anyone using OE Classic for email?
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    Yes, I'm leery about going too deeply into registry editing. As that thread is a year old they should have figured it by now surely. I do have the latest free version. The only difference with paid version is multiple identities and some minor frills, free upgrades for 3 years, but the software is basically the same. I'll wait to see what their support says. They're in Bosnia so am expecting some delay.
    Thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions, much appreciated.
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    I'm gonna throw a shameless plug in here for Mailbird,
    it's a great client with lots of features.
    Get 5 of your friends to install it with any account and you've got a lifetime key!

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    Thanks.
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    Ex_Brit said:
    Yes, I'm leery about going too deeply into registry editing...
    Yes, the Firefox one was easy to work out as I found the entry that Chrome used and used it as a template.

    At least you could use the Firefox 'springboard' as a (clunky) workaround for now until the authors get around to fixing it. Apparently, from the next post in that thread...

    oakanagan said:
    I got a reply from OE Classic support and they are aware of the issue and it's a high priority to be fixed in a future version.
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    That "a future version" can mean next millennium of course.
    LOL
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    I received an answer from OEClassic support stating it's coming.....whenever.
    He acknowledges the program isn't registering properly and therefore no "Make OEClassic the Default Browser" and from that, no Mailto: either.
    But he provided no technical way of forcing it.......I give him 5 stars for a prompt answer.

    Setting OE Classic as default program is partially finished feature
    and requires more work. Right now the program is registered with the
    system but command line parameters required to open files from other
    programs are not yet implemented. This has been asked by many users
    and therefore it is high priority feature which will be added in the
    very future version of OE Classic.

    So please stay tuned until we have future version which will add
    support for this as well as other improvements.

    Note that there are other ways to do what you want to do - for
    example it may not be needed to send something from other programs,
    it can still be sent from OE Classic using "Attach" button or by
    means of copy-pasting address if it is mailto: link. It depends on
    what you want to do actually.

    So it is not actually needed to set the program as default mail
    program to utilize it. You can send and receive emails in it without
    setting it as default program.

    Setting as default is only required if you need to send attachments
    from other programs (by means of using "Email this" functions), but
    this doesn't mean this cannot be used without it - you can save
    whatever that particular program is created and use "Attach" button
    to attach as attachment. Same goes for "mailto" links. They cannot be
    clicked but you can extract email from mailto link and send a message
    to it.

    So for example to extract an address from mailto: link you can do
    this:

    - right click mailto link and copy it to clipboard (copy link)
    - paste it into editor area and look into it
    - extract whatever is inside after mailto: text e.g.
    mailto:someone@somewhere.com?Subject=Hello

    It is quite obvious to extract "someone@somewhere.com" to be email
    address from above mailto: link and subject line to be "Hello".




    Happy New Year!

    best regards,
    Zvonko Tesic
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