rundll32 url.dll,FileProtocolHandler and "start.exe" to launch URL doesn't bring Mozilla to the front



15 years ago
11 years ago


(Reporter: bert690, Assigned: jag+mozilla)


Windows XP

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15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113

There are two common ways to launch the default browser in windows. One is the
"start.exe" command, the other is the "rundll32 url.dll,FileProtocolHandler"
command. Many Java applications for instance use these methods.  When internet
explorer is installed these commands properly load the page in IE and bring the
browser to the front of the screen. In contrast, if you are running Mozilla and
a mozilla window is *already open* but behind some other window, then these
commands will cause one of the mozilla windows to load the page, however the
window will not be brought to the front.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set Mozilla as the default browser
2. Open up the Mozilla browser, but bring some other window(s) on top of it.
3. At a command prompt type "rundll32 url.dll,FileProtocolHandler [some http url]"
4. Witness that 
Actual Results:  
While the Mozilla window loads the page specified by [some http url], it does
not come to the front.

Expected Results:  
Mozilla window should load the page AND come to the front, just like IE does
when it is set as the default browser.

Happens under Win2000 as well as WinXP. Possibly others.
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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Comment 2

14 years ago
Still reproducible in Mozilla 1.7.10, and still annoying!


14 years ago
Assignee: general → jag
Component: General → XP Apps
QA Contact: general

Comment 3

11 years ago
WFM using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20080201 SeaMonkey/1.1.8.  If this bug can be reproduced using a recent SeaMonkey build, feel free to reopen it.
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
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