23rd March 2012, 01:36 #1
How to set up Internet Explorer to use Yahoo Mail account as default in Windows 7
In Windows XP I had Internet Explorer set up to use my Yahoo Mail account as the default for clicking on an email address or button on a web page to send email.
In Windows 7 I cannot figure out how to do that. When I select an email address from a web page I get one of two errors:
"Unable to open this internet Shortcut. The protocol "mailto" does not have a registered program" ; or
"Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed."
Does anyone have a idea how I can fix this?
23rd March 2012, 05:39 #2
The system default email client is started when you click Read email from the Internet Explorer Tools menu. The registered mailto handler is started when the user clicks a URL of the form mailto:email@example.com.
Which is your default mail handler? There, set your Yahoo as the default mail account. Also under Default Programs > Set your Default Programs, make sure that, all possible defaults are assigned to your default mail client. Should help.
A bit technical, but nice related read at MSDN.
10th April 2012, 19:37 #3
You have to install Yahoo! Toolbar, so download it first. Yahoo! Toolbar - Stay in touch with your world.
When you install it, make sure you select the Install the Yahoo! Mail Plug-in and make Yahoo! Mail my default Mail provider checkbox.
30th April 2012, 23:05 #4
I Love the thread. I learned so much from it. Thanks guys for sharing!
5th January 2013, 13:57 #5
i too have downloaded the toolbar ,but saw no provision the "also download the Yahoo mail plug-in", as you use to see in to see in older toolbars ie ver. 7.2 .I see this problem all over the net ,so I am not alone with this frustration.Yahoo is not in my my defaults list, so cant install it as the default. I am not a novice ,but fear messing with the registry, have contacted Yahoo CS but they are worthless for tech support. And y "simple for an old man would help, thanks.Seems there should be a simple plus-in list to install all add ons. Will try to download the tool bar again(which will be about the tenth time, and try again. I'm running win7X64 IE-9