Make Firefox open Mailto links in Thunderbird 2009
I had a little trouble recently getting firefox to handle mailto links on webpages with thunderbird.
I had already tried the older method of typing about:config in the firefox location bar and adding a new string entry to the config listings; network.protocol-handler.app.mailto and then filling in the resultant pop-up box with the location of my thunderbird executable; /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird in my case.
That did not work for me this time - it may be that importing my .mozilla directory had something to do with that.
What finally worked for me was to open the
file - and search through it for alwaysAsk and changing False to True when I got to the urn:scheme:handler:mailto entry.
Then when I clicked on a mailto link in a webpage Firefox asked me how to handle it. I showed the pop-up box the location of the thunderbird executable, (in my case /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird), and then after I saw that it worked I clicked on another mailto link, fed it /usr/local/thunderbird/thunderbird again, and this time told the pop-up dialog box to remember how to handle it.
Now it works the way I want it to. When I click on a mailto link in Firefox it opens Thunderbird to a Compose page that already has the email address filled out.