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Make "Send-To" work for Mozilla Thunderbird

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Hello,

I am trying to configure my shortcut menu to use Mozilla Thunderbird to accept a file that is sent from the "Send-To" option.  Everything is Outlook-centric, but I would like Thunderbird to accept the files the same way Outlook would.  I have Thunderbird set as the default mailer in Set Access and Program Defaults and from Internet Explorer settings.  There is also a shortcut to TBird in the SendTo folder in my profile.  Each time I try this, TBird opens and produces a prompt indicating "d is not a registered protocol".

Has anyone done this in the past?

Thx

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Is outlook installed on this computer?
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Have you tried Opening C:\Documents and Settings\New Test\SendTo and right clicking MAIL Recipient and selecting Properties and then changing what it opens with OR open any explorer window, select Tools->Folder OPtions-> File Types and scrolling down to MAPIMAIL, selecting Change or Advanced and change it to Thunderbird, although I'm thinking if Outlook (not Outlook Express) is installed, it won't work, but I may be mistaken.

This is from Mozilla Suite page but it may help.
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by:Jason Watkins
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Outlook 2003 SP2 is installed on this PC.

I will try the suggestions from the second post.

Thanks...

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Hello!
What you need to do is run Add/Remove Programs as the user your having this trouble with.
On the side of Add/Remove Programs is a button called "Program Access and Defaults" or something of the sort.
Click it, select the "Custom" drop down box and select Thunderbird as the default mail client and check the deny access to the Outlook.
When you hit apply, the box will go away and Thunderbird will pop up asking you to create a profile, do this and set the right information for the account you wish to use when clicking send to.
Then close firefox and your all set.
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by:Jason Watkins
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KellyCraig's idea was not an available option.  T-Bird was not listed as an e-mail program from the "Set Program Access and Defaults" window, neither was Outlook, just Outlook Express.

Any other ideas?

Thanks
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Is this your own personal computer or is this a work computer that perhaps the IT people have some sort of control over?
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I was able to do it by setting the default e-mailer to be "Mozilla Thunderbird" from the Control Panel -> Internet Options -> --Defaults--, and choosing the start menu properties, "Customize" and enabling the E-Mail option to display Thunderbird on the start menu.

I answered my own question.  Sorry for inadvertently wasting anyone's time...

Thanks for the suggestions

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No problem,  In your original post you had stated that you had already tried that.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi70
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by:Jason Watkins
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If anything, the same issue persisted again on a different computer.  The error messages were much different.

If I sent to recipient as an attachment, MS Word tried to access an Exchange address book.  We do not use Exchange or Outlook.

If I set to recipient for review, MS Word produces an error indicating "An error occurred while trying to create the message".

I have tried removing/reinstalling Outlook, setting Mozilla Thunderbird to the default e-mailer.  The user's profile was moved from C:\Docs & Settings to D:\Docs & Settings.  Could that possibly have something to do with it?

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"We do not use Exchange or Outlook."  Then why are you reinstalling it?
Uninstall it and get it out of your system.
Which user's profile was moved?  The Windows Profile or Thunderbird's profile? http://kb.mozillazine.org/Moving_your_profile_folder
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by:Jason Watkins
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I was trying to provide a way back to the base system, by changing one setting, seeing if that works and going on.  I agree completely in the habit of removing unused applications from Windows.

The user's Windows profile was moved to the second partition during the imaging process.  I was not the one who created the image and made it that way.  Basically a "Documents and Settings" folder was created on the second partition.

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Firebar,

Is this issue resolved?  Or are we discussing a new machine?  I'm slowly getting confused here, but lack of sleep this week could be causing that.  


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Same issue, different computer.  I apologize for the confusion.  I am confused too, believe me...

Thanx

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So on the latest computer you have also followed these instructions as well as telling IE's Options page to make Thunderbird the Email program to use?
correct?
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_mail_client
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