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Changing and Launching the Default Browser in GroupWise

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By Sean Azhadi

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Posted: 21 Mar 2006
 

Problem

After installing GroupWise 7.01, I had a need to switch my Windows default browser back to Internet Explorer. I had to do this after using Firefox for many months. Yet the challenge still remained that even after switching my Default browser in Windows, the links inside GroupWise message were still executing and opening up in Firefox. Uninstalling Firefox simply made it worse, because now the links would not launch at all.

I came up with this tip is to help you change the default browser in GroupWise and launch the chosen browser when you click on a link in a GroupWise e-mail message.

Solution

I came across an old article describing the Registry Keys that hold this information. After some searching and trial and error, I was able to make IE the default browser in GroupWise. These keys also work in reverse, should you want to use IE as your default Windows Browser and another browser as your default GroupWise browser. However, caution needs to be used - some of the "switches" used in IE are different than what's used with Firefox.

Bring up Regedit and change the following keys:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.htm]
htmfile

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.html]
htmlfile

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xhtm]
xhtmfile

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\open\command]
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\https\open\command]
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\DefaultIcon]
"%1"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\shell\open\command]
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\shell\open\ddexec\Application]
IExplore

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\shell\opennew\command]
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" %1

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\shell\opennew\ddexec\Application]
IExplore

Note: Even though this was tested in a Windows XP environment, other Windows variations should work the same. The above solution should work in Windows 2000/2003 as well.


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