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Using mail.live.com rather than Windows Live Mail when clicking on a link

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Nathan Sokalski, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Nathan Sokalski

    Nathan Sokalski Flightless Bird

    This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make clicking
    links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than open
    Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than opening
    another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    --
    Nathan Sokalski
    njsokalski@hotmail.com
    http://www.nathansokalski.com/
     
  2. slk759

    slk759 Flightless Bird

    Are you talking about using Send Page / Link within IE or your internet
    browser? Those use the mail program set as your "default mail handler". If
    you change the default to your webmail, all mail will use the web portal.


    "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    > This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make clicking
    > links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than open
    > Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    > Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than
    > opening another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    > --
    > Nathan Sokalski
    > njsokalski@hotmail.com
    > http://www.nathansokalski.com/
     
  3. Nathan Sokalski

    Nathan Sokalski Flightless Bird

    Where do I go to do this? I am using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8, and
    the only thing I could find was:

    Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs -> Set programs

    This takes me to the Default Programs section of the Control panel. If I
    click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program", I can choose which
    which program is used for the mailto: protocol, but the only choices I am
    given are Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Mail. Is there something
    else I should be doing, or is this an option that IE8 doesn't give you?
    Thanks.
    --
    Nathan Sokalski
    njsokalski@hotmail.com
    http://www.nathansokalski.com/

    "slk759" <slk759@nowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:eP0c6U0rKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Are you talking about using Send Page / Link within IE or your internet
    > browser? Those use the mail program set as your "default mail handler".
    > If you change the default to your webmail, all mail will use the web
    > portal.
    >
    >
    > "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    >> This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make
    >> clicking links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather
    >> than open Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over
    >> Windows Live Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab
    >> rather than opening another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    >> --
    >> Nathan Sokalski
    >> njsokalski@hotmail.com
    >> http://www.nathansokalski.com/

    >
     
  4. slk759

    slk759 Flightless Bird

    Go to Start - Default Programs - "Set Program Access and Computer Defaults"
    (last option) - See little "double-down" arrows to the far right of
    "Custom" - click that. There I have "Use my current. . . . ", and, checked
    the box "Enable access . . . ". I've never set it up to use a webmail, but
    I think it came up in this NG recently - I looked for the post but can't
    find it. I've only ever set it to Windows Live Mail - not a webmail
    program.


    "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:6797AD51-F424-43F2-9618-6E67AA5B1A13@microsoft.com...
    > Where do I go to do this? I am using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8,
    > and the only thing I could find was:
    >
    > Tools -> Internet Options -> Programs -> Set programs
    >
    > This takes me to the Default Programs section of the Control panel. If I
    > click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program", I can choose
    > which which program is used for the mailto: protocol, but the only choices
    > I am given are Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Mail. Is there
    > something else I should be doing, or is this an option that IE8 doesn't
    > give you? Thanks.
    > --
    > Nathan Sokalski
    > njsokalski@hotmail.com
    > http://www.nathansokalski.com/
    >
    > "slk759" <slk759@nowhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:eP0c6U0rKHA.5036@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Are you talking about using Send Page / Link within IE or your internet
    >> browser? Those use the mail program set as your "default mail handler".
    >> If you change the default to your webmail, all mail will use the web
    >> portal.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    >>> This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make
    >>> clicking links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email
    >>> rather than open Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface
    >>> over Windows Live Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another
    >>> tab rather than opening another window. Any ideas or suggestions?
    >>> Thanks.
    >>> --
    >>> Nathan Sokalski
    >>> njsokalski@hotmail.com
    >>> http://www.nathansokalski.com/

    >>
     
  5. Gary VanderMolen [MVP]

    Gary VanderMolen [MVP] Flightless Bird

    Yes, use this fix:
    This will make Hotmail your default email service:

    http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...e-Default-Programs-tool-in-Windows-Vista.html

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
    Microsoft MVP Program: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com


    "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    > This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make clicking
    > links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than open
    > Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    > Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than opening
    > another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    > --
    > Nathan Sokalski
    > njsokalski@hotmail.com
    > http://www.nathansokalski.com/
    >
     
  6. Nathan Sokalski

    Nathan Sokalski Flightless Bird

    It looks like I may have forgotten it in my original message, but I guess I
    should have specified my operating system and browser. I am using Windows 7
    Ultimate 64-Bit and Internet Explorer 8. So as far as your suggested fix,
    that sounds great, except for one problem. When I try to run it, I receive
    the following message:

    This utility is intended for Microsoft Windows® Vista systems only.

    Even when I try to run it with compatibility set to Windows Vista, it still
    gives me the same message. I am guessing that if the author updated it to
    allow it to run on Windows 7 (which I'm guess would require nothing more
    than a slight modification to validating the current OS), it would work
    great for me, but apparently that update hasn't been made yet. I am guessing
    that the program just adds and/or modifies several things in the registry,
    so if anybody knows what things those are, I would be perfectly willing to
    make the registry edits by hand, so I would love to see what they are if
    anybody knows. Actually, I originally wanted to make any necessary changes
    by hand, even if I do need to edit some system settings or files that we're
    supposed to leave alone, so if anybody can tell me what I can do, I would
    more than appreciate it. Thanks.
    --
    Nathan Sokalski
    njsokalski@hotmail.com
    http://www.nathansokalski.com/

    "Gary VanderMolen [MVP]" <gary@NoMail.invalid> wrote in message
    news:eKWAnq3rKHA.3800@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Yes, use this fix:
    > This will make Hotmail your default email service:
    >
    > http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...e-Default-Programs-tool-in-Windows-Vista.html
    >
    > --
    > Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
    > Microsoft MVP Program: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    >
    >
    > "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    >> This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make
    >> clicking
    >> links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than
    >> open
    >> Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    >> Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than
    >> opening
    >> another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    >> --
    >> Nathan Sokalski
    >> njsokalski@hotmail.com
    >> http://www.nathansokalski.com/
    >>
     
  7. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    In Windows 7, your available defaults for Mail will be listed in the CUSTOM
    (<=important!) section of Set Program Access and Computer Defaults:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...sing-Set-Program-Access-and-Computer-Defaults

    Windows Live Hotmail will not be one of them, though.

    Windows 7-specific Support Forums
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002


    Nathan Sokalski wrote:
    > This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make clicking
    > links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than open
    > Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    > Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than
    > opening
    > another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
     
  8. Gary VanderMolen [MVP]

    Gary VanderMolen [MVP] Flightless Bird

    Sorry to hear that the fix has not yet been updated for Windows 7.
    You can try emailing the author.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
    Microsoft MVP Program: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com


    "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:8907F624-3AEB-4ED8-B15D-801082E648C1@microsoft.com...
    > It looks like I may have forgotten it in my original message, but I guess I
    > should have specified my operating system and browser. I am using Windows 7
    > Ultimate 64-Bit and Internet Explorer 8. So as far as your suggested fix,
    > that sounds great, except for one problem. When I try to run it, I receive
    > the following message:
    >
    > This utility is intended for Microsoft Windows® Vista systems only.
    >
    > Even when I try to run it with compatibility set to Windows Vista, it still
    > gives me the same message. I am guessing that if the author updated it to
    > allow it to run on Windows 7 (which I'm guess would require nothing more
    > than a slight modification to validating the current OS), it would work
    > great for me, but apparently that update hasn't been made yet. I am guessing
    > that the program just adds and/or modifies several things in the registry,
    > so if anybody knows what things those are, I would be perfectly willing to
    > make the registry edits by hand, so I would love to see what they are if
    > anybody knows. Actually, I originally wanted to make any necessary changes
    > by hand, even if I do need to edit some system settings or files that we're
    > supposed to leave alone, so if anybody can tell me what I can do, I would
    > more than appreciate it. Thanks.
    > --
    > Nathan Sokalski
    > njsokalski@hotmail.com
    > http://www.nathansokalski.com/
    >
    > "Gary VanderMolen [MVP]" <gary@NoMail.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:eKWAnq3rKHA.3800@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Yes, use this fix:
    >> This will make Hotmail your default email service:
    >>
    >> http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...e-Default-Programs-tool-in-Windows-Vista.html
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
    >> Microsoft MVP Program: http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    >>
    >>
    >> "Nathan Sokalski" <njsokalski@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:FB8EFB0F-1463-48E4-B6A4-A6D9D17D3275@microsoft.com...
    >>> This is obviously personal preference, but is there a way to make
    >>> clicking
    >>> links to send email go to mail.live.com to send the email rather than
    >>> open
    >>> Windows Live Mail? I not only prefer the web interface over Windows Live
    >>> Mail, but it allows me to do the sending in another tab rather than
    >>> opening
    >>> another window. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
    >>> --
    >>> Nathan Sokalski
    >>> njsokalski@hotmail.com
    >>> http://www.nathansokalski.com/
    >>>
     

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