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I use both IE and Navigator on my system, but I vastly prefer Navigator.  Somehow, IE became the default browser, launching IE whenever an application or a shortcut opens a web page.  How can I setup Navigator to be the default browser without reinstalling it from scratch?  And please don't tell me to associate Navigator with .html files.  That is a different matter entirely.

Thanx.
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Question by:beekler
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by:nedell
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In view\options\programs, IE has a check box to see if it is the default browser. Uncheck that box and see if Navigator has the same box (I am not familier with Navigator). The combo of the two should make Navigator the default.
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by:beekler
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I've been through every item on every "preferences" or "settings menu in Navigator looking for just such an option.  I can't seem to find it anywhere...  Any other thoughts?  I would assume that it can be fixed by directly editing the registry if I could just find the right key...
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by:beekler
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I'm sorry, but if you're not familiar with Navigator, why are you attempting to answer questions about it?
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by:cory012297
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Windows should ask you if you would like to make the browser the default when you run the browser which is not the default.
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by:beekler
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It doesn't.  I run Navigator on a daily basis and Window's hasn't once asked me to make it the default.  In fact I recently installed the new beta of Netscape Communicator and it STILL didn't mention anything 'bout default browsers and IE is still the default.
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by:Joe Shevland
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In the control panels, select Internet. Under the programs tab is an option for IE to check whether it is the default browser. Uncheck this, and also uncheck IE's default setting.

Also, from any normal desktop window, the selection View/Options/File Types will display an Internet Document file type. Make sure this is set to Netscape.

Its been a while since I set this up so I hope I've got the clues right :)
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by:beekler
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I already had the "should IE check to see if it's the default" box unchecked.  However, I couldn't find the box to "also uncheck IE's default setting."

As far as the "file types" stuff, I could find types for internet shortcuts, e-mail, newsgroups, and security certificates but no "Internet Document".  Am I looking for the wrong thing?


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by:Joe Shevland
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...hmmm. I'd say MS Plus has installed these configuration options for me. I wasn't aware they didn't come as part and parcel of the OS. Reopen the question I guess if the above is not feasible (and sorry for the time spent)!
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by:beekler
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Sorry, Joe...  I installed the Plus pack and I still can't find an "Internet Document."  The closest I could find was an "Internet Shortcut" and the assorted news and mail types. Thanks for your time...
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EASY:  
(Make sure you have navigator closed)
Start registry editor
(type regedit.exe in Run box)
select the following registry key
My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Main

Select the key above and you will have list of values on the right pane.  Select a key named 'Ignore DefCheck' .  Double click on it.  In the box Value Data it would say 'Yes'.  Change it to 'No' and exit regedit.  

Now start navigator.  You will get a message box saying 'Navigator is no longer registered  to handle internet shortcuts. Would you like to register it as your default browser?'.  Click YES and it will make it your default browser.  That should do it.  


vmushinskiy@earthlink.net
(if you need more help on registry email me).
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by:beekler
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Wow!!! I *knew* it had to be something in the registry... It was only logical.  I just made the changes you recommended and it worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!

Gracias,
Ben
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