mailto: links not working
i've been all over the net, and this should be easier, but i can't get a mailto: to work. i have a few emails i use in my bookmarks that just open a blank page. they work fine in waterfox.
a mailto code on a page will open a thunrderbird box, but it will also tell me to set up a newgroup. and it only asked this once and i can't get it back to see if i messed it up.
i need to tell the browser that i want to use thunderbird as the default mail client. and i just can't find how to do that. and the only references online are to program stuff which i don't know how to do nor do i want to. i just want a little box that says - this program will open when you click a mailto:
i checked my windows defaults, others had this issue over the years, i saw no solid resolution. chrome seems to have a way to adjust handlers, but vivaldi doesn't.
am i just overlooking something? i'd like my browser to be as close to my waterfox as i can get it (my old browser is so old amazon no longer loads.)
In your Windows user account open Windows Start > Settings > System > Default Apps > Set defaults by app, select Thunderbird and check if mailto is set.
If that does not work, logout and Login Windows user (rarely needed, depends on Windows version or security software.).
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Also, Vivaldi should be as a standard program in Windows:
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i don't want to use the built in mail. i rather keep track of everything in just thunderbird. i want my default mail client to be thunderbird. and i did check the default in windows and its set properly to thunderbird.
i reset the computer each night, so i guess that counts as logging back in. right now i don't get why it wants me to set up a new account when i click on a mailto. i already have it set up and i can't call back the choice of what to do when it runs into an item like that.
does resetting the machine do the same thing? i usually turn it off at night.
@mikesavad No, Windows' hibernation is not the same as a Restart.
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@mikesavad Why do you reset your computer every night? And what is that supposed to do?
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@doctorg it shows mozilla thunderbird.
it all works like it should in waterfox. its like vivaldi is working independently from any windows default.
@stardepp its not a reset, i just turn it off. but its the same as logging out someone.
@mikesavad What is shown in Windows Start → Default Apps → Default Apps by Protocol → mailto
@doctorg also thunderbird. even clicked it again just to make sure its stuck there.
@doctorg i don't think i hibernate it, i'm pretty sure i turned it off. but i logged out and logged back in, and still doesn't work. i'm certain this is a setting some place in this program. i don't know where the config is. or why it keeps wanting me to set up a new forum account.
I ran out of ideas.
Something on your site is wrong in Windows settings.
On my Windows 10 21H1 Thunderbird 78 works to be set as default client for all programs.
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@mikesavad And TB is chosen as default app for Email?
I use TB too, and clicking mailto: links works fine. The browser should just use whatever client is set in the OS.
i have a few emails i use in my bookmarks
I don't fully understand this. What do you mean by "in my bookmarks"? Have you saved mailto links as bookmarks and these won't open properly, or have you saved URL for webmail sites?
To be sure check if you've not accidentally set the browser to handle mailto links, open the URL:
It might interfere with you wanting to use TB for email and might explain the blank page issue.
but it will also tell me to set up a newgroup
Do you have a screenshot showing this problem?
Is "it" Thunderbird or Vivaldi?
Maybe this link is in a special format?
You need to give some example URLs, if you won't or can't show the one you're trying just make a mockup example.
Here's basic test:
You can edit the mailto address to recreate the issue, then save and share it.
Another sample mailto test:
@pathduck i have a few emails on speed dial in my bookmarks mailto: then the address. so i can send a quick mail to my brother or whoever so i don't have to look it up in contacts etc. on those it loads a blank page.
i've tried that handlers thing, the only thing it shows is:
allow sites to become handlers for protocols and the switch is set to the right which i assume is on. though i think i tried it both ways.
its weird that some people have the problem and others don't and its been going on for quite a few years.
the only thing i haven't tried is to make vivaldi the default browser, but i'm not done setting that up yet. and i don't think it should matter .
when i click on a mailto: i get an unknown mail app, it looks like thunderbird, but it doesn't say that in the header. instead it loads up the account wizard and the only bubble is a newsgroup account, and no other choices. (at one point it had a drop down of different programs but of i must have hit default and now its stuck.
it wants to make a new account for this ability which i haven't done yet, i suppose i could try completing it. but it doesn't make sense to do it, and it doesn't look like its setting up a mail account. and i can't get it to switch to that.
so that's the screen shot of what i see when i click a mailto on the screen. it is a thunderbird window according to the taskbar. its treating it like it was never set up before. as far as i know i only have 1 thunderbird. if i could just reset what mailto does in that program i might be able to figure it out.
yeah setting it up didn't help, its asking for a newsgroup server, i must have chosen the wrong thing for the association on that when it popped up. but can't get the pop up to come back.
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@MikeSavad It looks like a bug in Thunderbird if you ask me. Vivaldi is just doing what it should - sending the mail address to the OS-set client.
That Thunderbird thinks it has no accounts set up is a different matter. Do you by chance have multiple installations or profiles in Thunderbird?
Thunderbird profile manager launched with
Also - testing this, I think there might be a bug in 4.0 Stable, fixed in 4.1 Snapshot (no mention in the changelog):
When trying to create a bookmark with the address
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be changed to
http://mailto:email@example.com/. This might explain the blank page opening, as this syntax will mean trying to basic auth with a user
So check your bookmarks if they happen to have been changed to have
http://before its address: