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    url:mailto protocol

    i run w98 & Office2K
    my system was setup with Outlook as the default mail program in IE (5.5) but if i click a "mailto:xxx@xxx.com" link it defaulted to Outlook Express.
    Someone suggested i need to change the file association for the url:mailto protocol.
    No Problem [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] went to Windows Explorer found the file associations and changed the program it pointed to to Outlook.exe easy right?
    Nope. [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img] Default outlook doesnt understand the request.
    I tried putting a switch at the end of the program line so Outlook opens with a new mail message
    the switch is "/c ipm.note" as documented by Woody re XP in last newsletter.
    This works fine on a shortcut opening a blank message but i cant add it to the end of the command line in file associations and I cant point the file association to a shortcut. Even if this did work wouldn't it just open a new BLANK mail message?
    OK - i hope this makes some sense.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: url:mailto protocol

    Thanks for the thought MarkJ.
    If u read my original post Outlook is/has always been the associated program under the IE options (i use 5.5). Despite this setting being in place - clicking on a mailto: link, even one i created myself in Outlook!, opens Outlook Express.
    This is the problem I am trying to solve.
    So I've already gone past the stage you suggest.
    Thanks for the thought though
    NOBLEJOKER
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    Re: url:mailto protocol

    apply something else, then reapply it to outlook. sometime IE forgets which program is listed. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: url:mailto protocol

    These options are controlled through Windows, not Outlook. If you go to the Internet Options for Internet Explorer (Tools | Internet Options...), then the Programs Tab, you'll see the option to make any desired program the default manager for Email, Newsgroups, Contacts, etc...
    Simply select Outlook (instead of Outlook Express) from the list.

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