Add mailto: protocol to windows integration preferences



17 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: kiaser_zohsay, Unassigned)


(Depends on: 1 bug, {pp})

Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [2012 Fall Equinox])



17 years ago
MS Outlook registers the mailto: protocol the same way IE and Mozilla can
register http: and the other supported protocols.  Add a checkbox for mailto: to
Preferences | System.
confirming rfe. ->law. cc'ing seth, to keep at least one mailnews engr aware. :)
Assignee: sgehani → law
Ever confirmed: true
Keywords: pp

Comment 3

16 years ago
Requires some (optional) mail-specific code.
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.0

Comment 4

16 years ago

Probably covered by simple-mapi work already.
Assignee: law → tiantian
Component: Preferences → Simple MAPI
Product: Browser → MailNews
QA Contact: sairuh → trix
Target Milestone: mozilla1.0 → ---

Comment 5

16 years ago
this wasn't covered by Simple MAPI.  Reassigning to ssu.
Assignee: tiantian → ssu
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla0.9.7


16 years ago
Keywords: nsbeta1+

Comment 6

16 years ago
*** Bug 104435 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 7

16 years ago
All that needs creating is the prefs UI (and backend) to do this, mozilla itself
already copes with it.

Just to create \\HKCR\mailto\shell\command
                Default[Reg_SZ] "Mozilla.exe %1"

I manually create the key and it works fine.


16 years ago
Priority: -- → P1


16 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.7 → mozilla0.9.8

Comment 8

16 years ago
I apologize if this is the wrong place for this comment.  I am a bugzilla newbie.

How is this bug not the same as 11459?  I ask because bug 11459 as been out for
a depressing two or three years and it appears to cover a feature I find
critical.  So I hope it is very different from bug 11459 as I would like to see
this behavior fixed.

In short, I don't understand why Mozilla on Win doesn't respect it's own
setting: Use Mozilla Mail as the default mail application: NO!

I find it valuable to have more than one mail user agent installed and
configured on my machine.  I look forward to making Mozilla my primary mail user
agent.  But that's not until I get more experience/faith in it.

Today, I would like to have Mozilla handle my spam mail account since I suspect
that Mozilla's security will be better than Eudora's security since Eudora uses
IE to display html email.

So I want ALL mailtos to be handled by Eudora.  I do want Mozilla's email client
installed, and I want to explicitly bring it up to send/respond to mail sent
to/from suspected spamming companies.

It shouldn't be all or nothing.  In short, is there any reason that Mozilla
doesn't respect it's own setting: "make mozilla the default mail agent: NO"?


16 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.8 → mozilla0.9.9


16 years ago
Priority: P1 → P2
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.9 → mozilla1.0
*** Bug 122954 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 10

16 years ago
Discussed in 2/25 bug mtg w Mktng, PjM and engineering.  Decision was to future
and nsbeta minus this bug.
Keywords: nsbeta1+ → nsbeta1-
Target Milestone: mozilla1.0 → Future


16 years ago
Priority: P2 → P3

Comment 11

16 years ago
Huh? Isn't "Preferences | Mail & Newsgroups | Use Mozilla Mail as the default
mail application" precisely what this bug asks for?

Comment 12

16 years ago
Bug 122954 was more specific in that it refered to mailto: links in non-mozilla
browsers.  When I filed this bug, I was even including non-browser apps that use
url-type protocol specifiers.  Windows Explorer maintains "file type"
information in the registry for http:, ftp: mailto: and several other url
protocols, in the same way that it maintains associations by file extension. 
Mozilla regiters itself to handle these protocol based on the settings in Edit |
Preferences | Advanced | System in the "Windows should use Mozilla to handle
these protocols" list.

This request is to add "mailto:" to that very list.


16 years ago
Blocks: 11459

Comment 13

16 years ago
I'll do this.
Assignee: ssu → ben
Component: Simple MAPI → Preferences
Product: MailNews → Browser
QA Contact: trix → sairuh
Keywords: nsbeta1- → nsbeta1

Comment 15

16 years ago
Patch in bug 160141
Depends on: 160141


15 years ago
QA Contact: sairuh → pmac

Comment 16

15 years ago
qa contact windows integration-> pmac

Comment 17

15 years ago
nsbeta1+/adt3 per the nav triage team.

Keywords: nsbeta1 → nsbeta1+
Whiteboard: [adt3]

Comment 18

15 years ago
Nav triage team: nsbeta1-
Keywords: nsbeta1+ → nsbeta1-
Whiteboard: [adt3]

Comment 19

15 years ago
Isn't this equal to bug 137795?

Comment 20

15 years ago
*** Bug 137795 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 21

15 years ago
Now that Minotaur/Thunderbird exists, this is no longer just an enhancement,
it's a pretty serious bug. Without this being fixed, people won't be able to use
Minotaur as their default mail client without hacking the registry.

cc'ing the Minotaur developers.
Severity: enhancement → normal
OS: Windows NT → Windows XP

Comment 22

15 years ago
Bug 141965 specifies a behavior for associating Mozilla to mailto: that I think
would be more useful than the checkbox requested by this bug.

Please see my comments in Bug 77846.

Comment 23

15 years ago
Mike, you are absolutely right. I didn't realize this bug report was for a
checkbox in the preferences window. I assumed this would be part of the "make
default mail client" code.

Comment 24

15 years ago
Should this bug be Windows-only?  Mac OSX (for instance) also has a system-
defined mailto: handler.  Gnome provides a related mechanism (see Bug 140635).

If a protocol checkbox is cleared, does that set 'true' the preference for
   network.protocol-handler.external.<protocolname> ?
There is a substantial demand for a UI for the net.p-h.ext.mailto
preference (see bug 11459).  I think this preference could safely be set for
the mail and news protocols, maybe for ftp; I'm not so sure about http.  I'm
also not sure if the pref should be cleared if Mozilla de-associates itself.

I think that using checkboxes is the wrong UI element for these selections;
there is more going on at this level than simple on/off.

Comment 25

15 years ago
Yes, this bug is Windows only since the code is Windows only.  File a new bug
for Macs.  I'd like extensible protocol support (related to your comments) and
that's why I filed bug 160896.


15 years ago
No longer blocks: 11459

Comment 26

15 years ago
This blocks bug 11459, not depends on it.
Blocks: 11459


15 years ago
No longer blocks: 11459
This bug seems to be fixed in Thunderbird 0.1
mailto: links open correctly in Thunderbird (failure to do so would have been

news: links still attempts to open OE , meaning that bug 160141 still needs fixing.
Sorry .. guess I should read all the comments more closely ..
I incorrectly thought as David Tenser in comment #23 that this was the bug for
registering mailto: in windows . I see now that this is bug 207974 , not this one.

Comment 29

15 years ago
*** Bug 207974 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 30

15 years ago
Bug 207974 is not a dupe; rescinded.

Comment 31

14 years ago
This bug might be related to bug 207974?


Comment 32

14 years ago
Using T-Bird: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5a (20040120)

I see HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command (default) ==
"<path-to-thunderbird.exe> -compose "%1"
But, sadly, it isn't working there if I click in Firebird.  

Pretty sad if we can't make this go away after 2+1/2 years!!!!
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
This bug is the one and only reason I have not switched to Firefox.  I want to
keep Mozilla for email, and use Firefox to browse....
Assignee: bugs → prefs
QA Contact: pmac

Comment 34

11 years ago
Appears to be fixed in T-Bird: Same settings as comment #32, but it works.

Tested from Firefox, Word, Excel, and IE7; on WinXP SP2.

Since Product = Moz App Suite, I'll leave it open until someone can confirm.

Comment 35

11 years ago
(Comment 34 was tested on TB 2beta2.)
(Filter "spam" on 'prefs-nobody-20080612'.)
Assignee: prefs → nobody
QA Contact: prefs
Priority: P3 → --
Target Milestone: Future → ---

Comment 37

5 years ago
In current UI there are three separate buttons for Mail, News and RSS thus no separate checkbox for mailto: necessary so closing this
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
Whiteboard: [2012 Fall Equinox]
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