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Linking to Outlook, not Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Computers' started by gregstaten, May 17, 2004.

  1. gregstaten

    gregstaten Well-Known Member

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    I have a strange problem on my home PC that I was hoping one of you could help me fix. I have the full Outlook (2000) installed on my system and have from the beginning. And yet, whenever I click on an email link on a webpage, Outlook Express launches instead of Outlook. Needless to say, I'd rather it open the full Outlook.

    I've dug around for a setting/configuration to fix this but can't locate anything. Can you all help me re-associate Outlook with webmail links?

    Thanks!

    -greg
     
  2. Drew Olufson

    Drew Olufson Member

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    Try opening Internet Explorer, Then Clicking on Tools, Opening Internet Options, Clicking on Programs Tab, and then changing your E-Mail options. Hopefully that will work for you..[​IMG]
     
  3. gregstaten

    gregstaten Well-Known Member

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    That's what's so strange, Drew. Outlook, not Outlook Express *IS* the chosen program for email in Internet Options.

    To be honest, this puppy has me stumped!

    -greg
     
  4. Drew Olufson

    Drew Olufson Member

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    Yes, that is strange... have you opened Outlook and looked under Options, Settings, Other Tab and checked the box that says make Outlook your default program for E-mail, etc?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Scott Barnhart

    Scott Barnhart Well-Known Member

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    Greg,

    If you are comfortable with Regedit.exe, run it and open up the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTmailtoshellopencommand

    What does it have for the "(Default)" value? If it has something relating to Outlook Express, that is most likely where the problem is. I have Outlook as my mailto: handler and my value for that key is:

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

    If yours is pointing to something OE-related instead of Outlook, you should be able to find the correct value by using regedit to open the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsMailMicrosoft OutlookProtocolsmailtoshellopencommand

    Then look at its "(Default)" value. That is the value you want to copy to the original key's "(Default)" value.

    Disclaimer: PLEASE be careful with regedit if you aren't used to using it (even if you are, actually). You can really screw up a Windows system if you delete or change the wrong values.
     
  6. gregstaten

    gregstaten Well-Known Member

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    Bingo, Scott! That did it!

    Thanks so much! I thought it might have been something screwed up in the Registry, but I was unsure where to look. Now everything works as it should.

    Thanks!

    -greg
     

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