Add toolbar buttons assignable to external programs




Toolbars and Customization
15 years ago
6 years ago


(Reporter: S. Burmeister, Unassigned)


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15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030429 Mozilla Firebird/0.6
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win 9x 4.90; en-US; rv:1.4b) Gecko/20030429 Mozilla Firebird/0.6

Hello everybody,

Phoenix is a browser, but certainly people do need mail too. Especially for
people who run their browser in fullscreen-mode, or at least maximised, it would
be handy to have a button reachable without having to minimise the browser in
order to open for example a mail-client, a news-client, a chat-client or some
other program that fits the context of a browser. My suggestion is that one can
add a button to the toolbar that can be assigned to a program-file. If bug 33282
is fixed, there could be a mail-button for phoenix that is assigned to the
default mailto-handler. 


Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

Comment 1

15 years ago
Nice idea, but perhaps better suited to being implemented as an extension than
as a default part of the browser? I just question how useful this is to most

David, Seb, noririty, what do you think? Dev review or WONT?

Comment 2

15 years ago
Let's leave it open until a developer sees it. Mozilla Firebird needs a "launch
mail" toolbar button. Bug 173954 is about adding a Send Link item to the File
menu, but I found no bug about adding a Mail/News button (which would launch the
default mailto: handler).

This bug in its current state should probably be wontfixed but I'd like to
change it to a "Add toolbar button for Mail/News" rfe.


Comment 3

15 years ago
I just want to add that making that kind of button assignable to any program and
also adding a keyboard shortcut to it would help to maintain the mozilla suite
without having a suite. STRG+2 for example is doing nothing in Firebird but
could become/remain the mail-shortcut.
I think that although as a standard button only the default mailto: handler is
useful, being able to assemble ones own personal web-suite with these kind of
buttons is useful to anybody that uses other programs than browser and mail with
the internet. E.g. instant messengers, addressbook, composer, calendar or a
news-client other than thunderbird.

It might be slightly off topic but I know companies that try to set a "corporate
cockpit" into place where the browser opens after starting the computer and
everything is done from and through the browser. Although this might be a little
over the edge it shows that assembling a personal program-suite is something
useful for private people as well as companies.

Is there really that much of a difference in terms of programming if one creates
an assignable toolbar button of which one function is the default mailto:
handler and creating a button that can just do that? The mail button would have
to look into the registry, which is actually more functionality than simply
executing a user-given path/program with some %x variables to it.
--> NEW

Although I personally think this should really be marked WONTFIX, it may have
value in the post AppSuite world.
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: [RFE] Add toolbar buttons assignable to external programs → Add toolbar buttons assignable to external programs

Comment 5

15 years ago
Taking QA Contact
QA Contact: asa → bugzilla


13 years ago
Assignee: hyatt → nobody
QA Contact: bugzilla → toolbars
We're not going to add this to Firefox, but I bet add-ons exist to do something like this!
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX

Comment 7

6 years ago
Gavin, how much are you willing to bet? Too late:

And here's how to make a custom button launch an external app (tested and works on Mac OS too):
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