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    Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE 6.0)

    I know this is probably an easy one, but I'm coming down with a cold and can't think straight today. If I click an email link in IE, it attempts to lauch Outlook Express (blech!). Is there a way to change this to launch Outlook instead?

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    Within IE select Tools>Internet Options...
    On the Programs tab select Outlook as your e-mail client.

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE 6.0)

    Have you set Outlook as your e-mail program in the Programs tab of Tools | Internet Options... (in Internet Explorer)?

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE 6.0)

    Yes, Email is set to Outlook (under Tools | Int. Options | Programs). Is there a registry setting I should check, or might it be site specific (didn't know if you could somehow build that into a hyperlink, to open with a specific program).

    Also (I'm crossing the streams here a little bit), the same thing happens in Outlook for some users. They get an email with a MailTo: link, and .... even though they are reading the email in Outlook ...... clicking the mailto: link opens Outlook Express. Strange.

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    It appears that the "URL:MailTo Protocol" is not set properly. Check to change the default e-mail program from Slipstick for a method to manually change the setting.

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    Hey Tony - thanks for the response. I read that article, and have checked under File Types and am a little confused cause there is no " URL: MailTo Protocol" under file types. There IS a "URL: Internet Shortcut" which addresses files with the .URL extension. Is there a way to create the URL: MailTo Protocol file extension?

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    The Registry Key in question is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTmailtoshellopencommand. Look on a machine that uses Outlook successfully ("Machine 2"), export that Registry key from Machine 2. Backup the existing entry for that Registry Key on the problem machine ("Machine 1"). Apply the Machine 2 patch to Machine 1. HTH
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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    Some of the URL:... items are toward the top of the list with a file extension of "None", at least in Windows XP. Your version may differ!

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    Re: Internet Explorer launches Outlook Express (IE

    The default MailTo command on a machine that uses Outlook 11:

    "C:PROGRA~1MICROS~2OFFICE11OUTLOOK.EXE" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"

    This is stored under:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTmailtoshellopencommand

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