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

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  1.    08 Jan 2018 #1

    Setting Program defaults does not work in my Windows 10


    My two most important defaults are:
    Browser
    Emails
    My only default has to be Firefox and is set as default. But, the check box will not uncheck so it asks me every time. This is a NEW problem as it was not like this a month ago.

    EMAILS:
    When on a web page that has an email address as a LINK , Win 7 when clicked, Win 7 would bring up Firefox, populate the address in my Yahoo email, and then you created your email.
    But in Win 10, it goes to a program called "MAIL" a part of Win 10. To me it is totally useless and I would Win 10 to work like Win 7 . Microsoft said to go to DEFAULTS and set to Firefox. Can not do. The boxes are checked to "MAIL" (Microsoft) but will NOT uncheck, thereby not allowing any changes.
    It FORCES me to use "MAIL" as my default.

    Advise please.
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  2. Posts : 959
    Windows 10 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #2

    Go to the location in the first picture I attached.
    Scroll down and click Set defaults by app
    Click Firefox
    Press Manage
    Scroll down to MAILTO, set it to Firefox if it already isn't.
    Try setting all the web related entries to Firefox (refer to the second picture. I use Google Chrome as my default browser)

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  3.    09 Jan 2018 #3

    Dont see what you see


    Go to the location in the first picture I attached.
    Scroll down and click Set defaults by app
    Click Firefox
    Press Manage
    Scroll down to MAILTO, set it to Firefox if it already isn't.

    Click Firefox gives me SCR 1.jpg. there is no "manage". It lets me select ECHO (browser} or GO TO APP STORE ( see SCR 4.jpg) no browsers, etc in STORE.

    So, you show in your "MAIL" your GOOGLE. i "click "MAIL"

    I get: APP.jpg, MAIL which is what I am trying to get rid of OR GO TO APP STORE SCR 3.jpg

    Wonder why our APP screens are so different??

    Thanks for trying. But is only ONE reason I Hate Win 10 but by no means the only one.

    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails SCR 1.jpg   APPS    .jpg   SCR 2.jpg   SCR 4.jpg  
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  4. Posts : 959
    Windows 10 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #4

    "Scroll down and click Set defaults by app"
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  5. Posts : 7,014
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       09 Jan 2018 #5

    jagman said: View Post
    Go to the location in the first picture I attached.
    Scroll down and click Set defaults by app
    Click Firefox
    Press Manage
    Scroll down to MAILTO, set it to Firefox if it already isn't.
    Unless thing have changed with the latest version, Firefox's Setup doesn't register Firefox as being capable of handling the MAILTO protocol (even though it can). Without this setting in the Registry Firefox doesn't appear in the list of available apps when you try to set up MAILTO. You can edit the registry to add the mailto protocol to Firefox's capabilities.

    This is how I fixed it so that I can use Firefox whenever I click a mailto: link using 'choose default applications by protocol'. You'll find this if you scroll down to the bottom of 'defaults apps'.



    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 (the same value as all the existing strings there). In addition, Firefox itself need to be configured to handle a mailto: by opening your chosen webmail service (or whatever else you use). For Firefox the relevant setting are found by putting...
    about:Preferences#applications
    ...in the address bar


    Mailto: in Browsers not working
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  6.    09 Jan 2018 #6

    Went pretty smooth. Looks good. Will try to test it.
    THANKS
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  7. Posts : 7,014
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       09 Jan 2018 #7

    jagman said: View Post
    Went pretty smooth. Looks good. Will try to test it.
    THANKS
    You know, the mailto command works from anywhere, not just a link in a web page. I test mine from the WinKey+R run box, just type...
    mailto:dummyname@not.a.real.address
    ....and run it.
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  •    09 Jan 2018 #8

    can not find the key screen


    Can you point me to : CHOOSE DEFAULT APPLICATION BY PROTOCOL"? Screen?

    Thanks, think this will work if I can get to this screen.
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  • Posts : 959
    Windows 10 Professional
       09 Jan 2018 #9

    It's right above the link that I suggested earlier: "Set defaults by app"

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  •    09 Jan 2018 #10

    The problem may be different versions of Win 10


    Your screens are not like mine (see attached).

    My Firefox accepted your changes, so did the registry.

    But the DEFAULTS, by Protocol, etc O LY offer the Store or MAIL.
    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?
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