First, backup the registry entry we’ll hack up.
Save the following text to a file and give it a name (whatever you desire) and make the extension .cmd or .bat.
[codesyntax lang=”dos” title=”mailto_handle.cmd”]
@echo off set email_to=%1 : strip mailto: set email_to=%email_to:~7% : ### GMAIL ### start iexplore "https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&view=cm&fs=1&to=%email_to%#compose" : ### YAHOO ### :start iexplore "http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/?to=%email_to%&subject=&body=" : ### LIVE/HOTMAIL ### :start iexplore "http://mail.live.com/mail/EditMessageLight.aspx?n=&to=%email_to%&cc=&subject=&body="
Set the default value to the path where you saved the above script. Make sure you add a %1 at the end also. In my case, I did:
Now, go visit https://techish.net/pub/mailto.html and click on the “mailto” link.
If all goes well, you should be composing a new email. Make sure, if IE isn’t the default browser, that you log into the webmail service FIRST before you click a mailto link otherwise you’ll be forced to log in and have to retry the script.
Also, you don’t have to use “iexplore” in the above script, I just did because it’s easy.
When you’re done testing, double-click on your .REG file you created when you backed up the “mailto” key at the beginning… You did backup, right? 😉 This will return your system to it’s default settings for “mailto” handling.
If I had more time, I’d expand on the SUBJECT, CC, BODY parts for each but, frankly, I don’t. 😛