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 Post subject: Windows 7 and AOL mail
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:20 pm 
Little Foot
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How can I make http://mail.aol.com/ my default mail for anywhere in win7 x64. ie context menus, email addresses in Excel, any browser (in FF, click a email link, Chrome(default browser) opens to aol mail-compose with address there, stuff like that.
Ya, I know I can use other emails, but I've got 15+ yrs of stored/sorted/filed emails there. That would a bit difficult to move. And I'd rather use their storage than mine, plus I can get to my emails from any computer or smartphone.

Anyway, anyone know how to do this?

Things I've tried:

To make AOL Webmail your default email application edit the registry key :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\AOL Webmail\Protocols\mailto
This is the value to make AOL Webmail your default email application:
http://webmail.aol.com/Mail/ComposeMessage.aspx?to=^T&subject=^S&body=^M&cc=^C &bcc=^B
This key does not exist in the registry in my machine, but this looked like the best option

Set Program/Email client as default:
Follow the steps below to do so:
1. Click on Start button and then click on "Default Programs".
2. Click on Set your Default Programs.
3. Highlight the installed E-mail program eg. Microsoft Office Outlook/AOL.
4. On the right side pane click on Choose Defaults for this program.
5. Place the check mark in front of the options you want to set it as default and click on save.
Outlook/AOL is not listed on my machine

Release Notes
This should be the final fix for http://gmaildefault.codeplex.com/workitem/5644
Also updated the installer's single-user install option for better Windows 7 support.
Reviews for this release
It is a good tool when nothing else exist. BUT it only works with a MailTo: link on an actual web page. It does not actually change the default email program setting. So the "Send To Mail Recipient", email button in you web browser, and the email button or link on your start menu do not change and remain pointed to whatever they were before. It has great potential for improvement.
This looks ok, but only works from 1 place

I've been trying to crack this nut since XP SP1, and never have. I thought win 7 would be easier, but still have not been able to do it.
Can any of you, smarter then me, people help me figure this out??

 Post subject: Re: Windows 7 and AOL mail
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:21 am 
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I both IE and Firefox, just go to your AOL mail, sign in and make a favorites (IE)/bookmark (Firefox) then open Favorites/bookmarks and drag and drop the favorite/bookmark onto the second taskbar...thats it. As for windows, I don't know if it can be done.


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