links open wrong browser

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by beau.leemanREMOVE, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. Running XP-Pro. I have three browsers installed:

    1) An old version of Netscape (4.79). It's setup to retreive one of
    the email accts on the Cox server (business), and its Internet
    function opens with a particular auction page.

    2) (NEW) Mozilla Firefox (0.9.2).

    3) I.E. (6.2.2800)

    I recently installed Firefox, and use it as the primary internet
    browser. If I access a link to a URL from Firefox, it goes there
    within Firefox. (From within I.E., links open in I.E.)

    BUT, If I click on a link from elsewhere, e.g. a link in an email (I'm
    using Thunderbird for non-business email), or from a Word document, it
    pops up the Netscape browser.

    Question: How do I configure XP so that ALL URL links (within an
    email or Word document) pop up Firefox, rather than Netscape?

    This is what I have done so far, but links still go to Netscape.

    I went to:
    'Folder Options',
    'File Types',
    Scrolled to:
    'HTM file' and 'HTML' file. Both were set to Netscape, and the
    'Change' button brought up a list which included Firefox, so I changed
    the settings to Firefox.

    I then scrolled to the various URL filetypes (there were 10 listed):
    'Call to Protocol',
    'Gopher Protocol',
    'HTTP w/privacy',
    'IRC protocol',
    'LDAP protocol',
    'RLogin protocol',
    'Telnet protocol', and
    'TN3270 protocol.)

    The 2nd, 3rd,4th, & 5th showed a Netscape icon, but the 'Change' box
    was ghosted. The 8th, 9th & 10th showed an I.E. icon, and the
    'Change' box was ghosted.

    I also noticed that a filetype called 'Internet Shortcut' is currently
    set to I.E., with the 'Change' button ghosted.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
    Lee Bowman
    beau.leemanREMOVE, Sep 26, 2004
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  2. beau.leemanREMOVE

    °Mike° Guest

    Press the 'Advanced' button on the URL: protocols
    and select the Firefox entry. Press 'Set Default'
    whilst it is highlighted.

    On Sun, 26 Sep 2004 17:26:00 GMT, in

    °Mike°, Sep 26, 2004
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  3. beau.leemanREMOVE

    Doug Guest

    You might try resetting to the default setting in IE first, then running
    FireFox and setting FireFox as the default browser.

    IE > Tools > Internet Options > Programs > Reset Web Settings

    OR if you have a new version of IE Just Tools > Reset Web Settings

    After that, close IE, run FireFox and set FireFox as the default browser..

    Should then open things with FireFox

    // Doug
    Doug, Sep 26, 2004
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