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Windows 7: Don't Want Any "mailto:" Program To Open

22 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Stop Windows Live Mail Opening When I Click "mailto:" Link

I have Windows Live Mail on my computer but I don't want to use it. Rather than uninstalling it, I'd like a way to remove it as the default mail handler - without replacing it with any other handler.

Basically, I don't want any mail program to open when I (accidentally) click a mailto: link. How do I achieve that?

I tried looking into removing the default mail handler but it won't seem to let me just have none.

EDIT: Solved - There's no easy way to purely remove a file/protocol association. You can only change an association (at least through the normal Windows methods). mailto: is a protocol and changing the mailto: association to a program that does nothing with it (Chrome) worked for me.


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22 Jan 2014   #2

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Hi I'm not sure how you would expect to send such an email,
Possibly give more details because I'm not seeing why you would want to use the Contact us or mail to link to the first place ?
http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers-mail/269402-making-webmail-account-my-default-email-client.html
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22 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi I'm not sure how you would expect to send such an email,
Possibly give more details because I'm not seeing why you would want to use the Contact us or mail to link to the first place ?
http://www.sevenforums.com/browsers-mail/269402-making-webmail-account-my-default-email-client.html
I've edited to clarify a bit. Sometimes I click on a link without noticing or expecting it to be a mailto: link, so Windows Live Mail loads up when I don't want it to.
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22 Jan 2014   #4

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Okay,
You can disable the Add-on Accelerator to not use live mail if that will help ?
Gear symbol on the top right and Manage add-ons,
Accelerators section uncheck the box to use Livemail,
See if this will accomplish,
You might need to close all browser windows before the setting to take effect,
Cheers.
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23 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Okay,
You can disable the Add-on Accelerator to not use live mail if that will help ?
Gear symbol on the top right and Manage add-ons,
Accelerators section uncheck the box to use Livemail,
See if this will accomplish,
You might need to close all browser windows before the setting to take effect,
Cheers.
There's no checkbox but the accelerator section of 'manage add-ons' shows Windows Live Mail accelerator as already disabled.
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23 Jan 2014   #6

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Possibly there's another add-on in toolbars and extensions,
Take a screen shot of the show all add-ons pages possibly we can spot it,
Do you use the Bing bar ?
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23 Jan 2014   #7

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

What you're looking for is:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs\Set Associations

scroll down to protocols.

I didn't see a way to disassociate a protocol completely.

So maybe all you can do is disassocite the protocol and WLM app in
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs\Set Default Programs
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23 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ThrashZone, I disabled the Windows Live Mail entry in toolbars and extensions too but that didn't work either unfortunately.

Slartybart, I was able to switch the protocol from WLM to Chrome - and Chrome doesn't seem to do anything when I click a mailto: link - so that gets the job done, it seems.

Thanks for the replies!
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23 Jan 2014   #9

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Good thinking - associate the protocol with Chrome. Chrome doesn't know what to do with mailto:

Absolutely brilliant!

Gald I was able to point you in the direction you needed to figure something out.
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24 Jan 2014   #10

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Good thinking
I was hoping just disabling the add-ons would suffice but yes associating the protocol with another program will work to it's just a little more difficult to change the setting if you need to,
Enabling an add-on is pretty easy,
Cheers.
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