Archive for April 8th, 2005

Configure Firefox to use Thunderbird, kmail or other external email clients

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I like to keep track of small hints and tips that I find in articles, even if the hint or tip wasn’t the main focus of the story. Such is the case with LinuxJournal’s “Ten Mysteries of about:config” article. Sure, there’s a ton of great information on using about:config to tweak Firefox. But the best part of the article was the very last section:

Read your E-mail from Firefox

Finally, here’s a simple way to set up Thunderbird access from Firefox. Set this Boolean preference to true to enable the mailto: URL scheme-the one that appears in Web page ‘Contact Me’ links:

network.protocol-handler.external.mailto

An example of a mailto: URL is mailto:nrm@kingtide.com.au. Secondly, set this string preference to the path of the Thunderbird executable or to the path of any suitable executable or shell script:

network.protocol-handler.app.mailto

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