Internet Explorer launched from HTML mail in Outlook



UI Design
16 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: Colin Snover, Assigned: Samir Gehani)


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16 years ago
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:0.9.9+)
BuildID:    2002041203

With HTML mail, in Outlook, Mozilla is not run as the browser, nor do the links
open Mozilla, but instead uses IE. A hack to override Internet Explorer in
Outlook would be an extremely helpful feature.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Open Outlook
Open an HTML email
(optional - Click on a link)

Actual Results:  Internet Explorer is run as the browser, and when clicking on a
link, Internet Explorer opens (instead of the system's default browser, Mozilla).

Expected Results:  Mozilla should have taken over the links, and/or should have
been used as the HTML browser in Outlook instead of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft Outlook 2000 SR-1 (
to XP apps. 
Assignee: Matti → sgehani
Component: Browser-General → XP Apps
QA Contact: imajes-qa → paw

Comment 2

16 years ago
If I click a link in Outlook Express, it opens in Mozilla.  (I have Mozilla set
as my default browser.)  Does this not work in Outlook?

Comment 3

16 years ago
Problem only occurs with HTML email. Plaintext links open correctly in Mozilla.
Note: not just XP apps -- all versions and platforms of Outlook have this
problem. Thoughts: does Outlook use a DLL to call the browser? If so, this
should be an easy hack.

Comment 4

16 years ago
I am seeing this problem as well on Win2K Build 2002050104 and have been for a
very long time. This is probably one of my least favorite bugs (not that I have
any favorites :o)

Comment 5

16 years ago
Any chance on getting this marked as confirmed?
Why is this marked as enhancement? This is definately a bug in my opinion.
Perhaps the summary should be changed to more accurately represent the nature of
the bug something like: "Internet Explorer launched from HTML mail in Outlook"?


16 years ago
Severity: enhancement → normal
Summary: no browser integration in alternative mail clients such as outlook → Internet Explorer launched from HTML mail in Outlook

Comment 6

16 years ago
Created attachment 85519 [details]
Patches the IE executable and DLLs to use the Mozilla core


16 years ago
No longer blocks: 152921


16 years ago
Blocks: 152921

Comment 7

16 years ago
It sounds like the new Windows 2000 SP3 and Windows XP SP1 are offering
modularity (so that IE and other components can be removed entirely).  This MAY
fix the problem. Any W2KSP3 beta testers to confirm this?

Comment 8

16 years ago
Any chance of getting this marked as New instead of Unconfirmed?

Comment 9

16 years ago
IEPATCHER does not resolve problems.
Upgrading severity to 'major' in the hopes of getting this bug some attention.
(Perhaps not the best use of the severity flag, but this needs to be fixed and
there's no work on it.)
Severity: normal → major

Comment 10

16 years ago
this cannot be fixed - HTML mail in outlook is displayed using an IE window,
which will open other links in more IE windows, and there's nothing mozilla can
do to intercept IE internals.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 157921 ***
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Product: Core → Mozilla Application Suite
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