1.    05 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    How do you set a protocol association with a standalone exe?


    Hello everyone!

    Since I'm not happy with how the Google Hangouts app has no way of integrating with the TEL url protocol, I've decided to create an application that will automatically copy, format and paste the phone link into Hangouts automatically. However, when I attempt to change the association though the control panel, it seems like Windows 10 no longer allows you to choose applications that aren't on the default list.

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    I've attempted to manually modify the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\tel" and "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\tel" keys but this has not affected the association in any way, even after multiple restarts.

    Is there any other way to do this? I've attempted to look for ways to add the executable to the programs list but I haven't found a solution.

    Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
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  2.    06 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, have you tried rt clicking on the file of type you want to associate and using Open With? If you keep going down to the bottom of the dialogue presented you can eventually get to 'Look for another app on this PC' which presents a browse dialogue.

    I'm also reminded of
    OpenWith Enhanced
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  3.    06 Sep 2015 #3
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    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, have you tried rt clicking on the file of type you want to associate and using Open With? If you keep going down to the bottom of the dialogue presented you can eventually get to 'Look for another app on this PC' which presents a browse dialogue.

    I'm also reminded of
    OpenWith Enhanced
    Thank you for the suggestion! Unfortunately, it isn't a file that I'm trying to configure but a url protocol. I want my application to launch whenever someone clicks a TEL link on a website such as "tel://8009256278".

    That program you recommend is still pretty useful, though! I just might install it if I ever need to use it in the future.
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  4.    17 Mar 2016 #4
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    I have the same problem
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  5.    17 Mar 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    There may be no easy solution for this particular protocol.
    This seems to indicate Skype supports it:
    Deploy Skype - disable tel: association - Skype Community
    while
    TEL:// protocol / how to handle the tel:// protocol - awdit - The driver, software, hardware database
    suggests MS Office handles it. (I have no idea).

    This discusses it, with attempts at a javascript solution:
    https://davidwalsh.name/phone-link-protocol
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  6.    17 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Have you tried setting it in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\tel\shell\open\command as (sort of) described here Register protocol - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    I don't use it but have "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" "/uri:"%l"" as a default REG_SZ value for mine (as I installed Skype I suppose).
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  7.    17 Mar 2016 #7
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Win 10

    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    Have you tried setting it in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\tel\shell\open\command as (sort of) described here Register protocol - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

    I don't use it but have "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" "/uri:"%l"" as a default REG_SZ value for mine (as I installed Skype I suppose).
    It works if you don't have Skype or Chrome installed. After that moment, you will not be able to change default app for tel protocol through system settings although you have these into registry for your app (this is valid for win 10, for others < win 10, it works nice)
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