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    Two quick ones..


    Two quick questions:

    1. How do I set Thunderbird to be my default email application?
    I clicked on a webpage email link and Evolution sprung forth.
    A visit to Synaptic Pkg.Mngr, shows a zillion Evolution things
    that I don't want to mess with(to uninstall,which ain't really necessary)
    so, how do I make T-bird the default emailer app??


    2. What's up with the Ubu screensaver ?
    When I set it to 4 mins. kick-in time, it kicks in alright..
    but after some extended time, I return to a hibernated monitor! and a login screen
    only to discover that my email and Firefox programs have been stopped
    and I must restart them: that's not how a screen saver should work.
    Or is it?
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    Thunderbird is part of the package repository. Just search, install, add it to the menu list, and finally add a short cut to the menu/task bar.

    As for making any client the default in a web browser, you have to chose it in preferences. Where depends on the browser you want it to launch from.

    IE loves Outlook, where as Firefox just loves Thunderbird, but it's not locked or cast in stone. You can change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclinwin
    As for making any client the default in a web browser, you have to chose it in preferences.
    T-bird has been installed for weeks now,
    and is accessible from Applications >> Internet,
    so there's no problem there.

    I've been thru T-bird Edit >> Preferences >> several of its tabs
    but am yet to see any small box to check or uncheck
    that makes T-bird the default emailer, so if you know any secret passages
    please let me know where,specifically
    - (no 'cryptics') - thanks.
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    It don't tease. I'm a fall flat on your face fact's kinds of a guy. I can be brief though. I'm not clairvoyant though.

    I'm assuming that you want to click on a "mail to" link in a web browser, yes?

    You want Thunderbird to launch when you click on that link, yes?

    In that browser of your choice, you will find a place to make it your default email application.

    I only have firefox on XP in front of me but it will be similar in any browser.

    ....actually I may have too quick to respond. I only see this in IE on XP. In firefox on LInux it may be a plug-in, under help.


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    Okay...I see what you're getting at..
    you're saying this is a (browser) FIREFOX Preferences thing.

    I was assuming it is a T-bird Preferences thing.

    Taking your Browser Preferences track,
    I've just been thru the Firefox preferences, tab by tab,
    hoping to see something related to choices re. what emailer app. I need to start
    when I click on 'email me' links on webpages
    but see no such option: I'm using Ffx 2.0.0.1

    Have tried going thru all Ffx's columns (File, Edit, View, History, etc.)
    looking for some likely spot where I might assign Emailer app of my choice,
    but no luck.

    In my experience many applications are basically similar cross-platform
    but they do have their little differences, and this may be one such difference.
    Perhaps if you can boot Ubu 6.10, using Ffx 2.0.0.1
    and have a look....but for now I don't see any such setting
    in either T-bird or Firefox Preferences,
    but thanks for the guidance (it didn't occur to me that what I'm looking for
    might be a browser pref. and not a pref. of the emailer itself)

    this is getting interesting.
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    I've Ubuntu in front of me now.

    From the menu bar /system/preferences/preferred applications

    Under the Internet tab is the preferred mail application.

    I learn something new every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclinwin
    From the menu bar /system/preferences/preferred applications
    Under the Internet tab is the preferred mail application.
    Thank you very much: that's the simple solution I was looking for.

    Gone are the days of having to phart around in Terminal
    to do simple stuff like select a default email program!

    Thanks again,man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcdoctor
    Thank you very much: that's the simple solution I was looking for.

    Gone are the days of having to phart around in Terminal
    to do simple stuff like select a default email program!

    Thanks again,man.
    First thing from my directions,
    Code:
    * Go to "Applications -> Desktop Preferences -> Advanced -> Preferred Applications".
    * Select "Custom Mail Reader", and type "thunderbird %s" in the box. You should replace "thunderbird" by the full path to the thunderbird executable if it is not in the PATH.
    'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.'
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    Thanks for the pointers TechMan,
    I followed the instructions given on your link,
    but couldn't find the Applications -> Desktop Preferences -> Advanced -> Preferred Applications path as indicated.

    I believe that instruction at http://kb.mozillazine.org/Default_ma...ux_.28Gnome.29
    doesn't apply to Ubuntu 6.10 specifically, which is what I'm using(sorry bout dat!)
    it seemed to apply to Gnome generally,
    and since my experimental-with-Terminal days are now behind me,
    there was no way I was fooling with anything Command Line.

    Right now I'm enjoying my wonderful Ubuntu drive,
    haven't booted my Windoze XP drive in DAYS,now,
    and no kinda installation or adjustment gone awry is gonna spoil MY party,
    not now,baby!


    I'd be the first to admit to being a spoiled-child Windows refugee, who wants in in my lap,
    not under the hood,
    and so when MacLinWin came up with the precise path appropriate to Ubu6.10,
    I found it right away.

    Please don't be offended, I mean no harm
    and am always grateful for everyone's advice,
    whether I reckon I can use it or not, please know that.

    Thank you ..all of you - this is a MOST helpful Forum!!
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