Windows 10: Setting Program defaults does not work in my Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 5,525
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       09 Jan 2018 #11

    jagman said: View Post
    ...My Firefox accepted your changes, so did the registry.

    But the DEFAULTS, by Protocol, etc ONLY offer the Store or MAIL
    Have you restarted the PC yet? You probably need to before the Firefox mailto key takes effect.

    Also on the Protocol screen, mine shows:
    MAILTO
    URL:mailto

    While yours is:
    MAILTO
    URL:mailto PROTOCOL

    MY OS VERSION IS: 15063.850
    Is yours newer? older?
    Mine (and, by the looks of it @pepanee's) are how they look in Fall Creators update (1709, os build 16299...). Yours is Creators Update (1703). But I have Anniversary Update (1607, 14393...) on my test machine at the moment and that too says:
    MAILTO
    URL:MailTo Protocol

    ....odd, but probably not significant. Try the restart and if you can then select Firefox I expect it to work just the same...
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  2. Posts : 236
    Windows 10 Home 32-bit
       09 Jan 2018 #12

    In Firefox the email client used to open links is set in Firefox preferences - not Windows Default Programs.

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  3. Posts : 5,525
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Jan 2018 #13

    Callender said: View Post
    In Firefox the email client used to open links is set in Firefox preferences - not Windows Default Programs.
    Yes, but if you want to use Firefox as the email client from a mailto link anywhere else in Windows, not just from a webpage in Firefox, then it also needs to be set as the default mailto handler.

    As I said in post #5, after setting it as the default handler...
    Firefox itself need to be configured to handle a mailto:
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  4.    10 Jan 2018 #14

    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, but if you want to use Firefox as the email client from a mailto link anywhere else in Windows, not just from a webpage in Firefox, then it also needs to be set as the default mailto handler.

    As I said in post #5, after setting it as the default handler...
    I can set it manually in W7 but in Windows 10, it won't assign a protocol ID.
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  5. Posts : 5,525
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Jan 2018 #15

    Edwin said: View Post
    I can set it manually in W7 but in Windows 10, it won't assign a protocol ID.
    That's because Firefox's Setup doesn't register Firefox as capable of handling the MAILTO Protocol. To make Firefox available in the list for setting a default app by protocol you need to add a registry entry for Firefox to say that it does. I first described how to do that in post #29 here:

    Mailto: in Browsers not working
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  6.    10 Jan 2018 #16

    Bree said: View Post
    That's because Firefox's Setup doesn't register Firefox as capable of handling the MAILTO Protocol. To make Firefox available in the list for setting a default app by protocol you need to add a registry entry for Firefox to say that it does. I first described how to do that in post #29 here:

    Mailto: in Browsers not working
    Okay, I got it now!
    Gotta jump through a bunch of hoops to get it to full default.
    Can't sign out of your web-mail though, cuz then it becomes a pita.
    I wonder if Firefox does that as a preventative security measure?
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  7.    10 Jan 2018 #17

    Much easier to just install a client!
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  8. Posts : 5,525
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Jan 2018 #18

    Edwin said: View Post
    ...Can't sign out of your web-mail though, cuz then it becomes a pita.
    I wonder if Firefox does that as a preventative security measure?
    Staying signed in to your webmail is a matter of ticking a 'remember me' or 'stay signed in' box. Firefox only comes into the equation if you've set it to delete all cookies on exit - that includes the webmail's login cookie.

    I normally leave my Yahoo signed in on closing Firefox, but if I do log out, then clicking a mailto link just adds the login page to get past before I get to the 'compose email' page with the address all ready filled in.
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  9. Posts : 5,525
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Jan 2018 #19

    Edwin said: View Post
    Much easier to just install a client!
    Webmail is sufficient for my needs - I can't be bothered to install a client (or use MS's Mail) just to get mailto links to work
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