Can't seem to change default browser

Douglas Phillipson douglas at
Mon Feb 12 00:42:35 UTC 2007

Garry Knight wrote:
> Douglas Phillipson wrote:
>> I'm trying to get Thunderbird to use Firefox as the default browser.
>> I've changed the default browser in "System Settings-> Default
>> applications" to Firefox but Thunderbird defiantly still uses Konqueror
>> as its default.
> Thunderbird, like Firefox, is a GTK application. It won't look to KDE for
> its settings.
> The fix is to put the following into your
> ~/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/prefs.js file. It can go at the bottom of
> the file, though Thunderbird might rearrange it when it runs.
> user_pref("", "/usr/local/bin/firefox");
> user_pref("", "/usr/local/bin/firefox");
> user_pref("", "/usr/local/bin/firefox");
> user_pref("network.protocol-handler.external.http", true);
> If you or anyone else wants a sure-fire way to get Firefox to pass mailto:
> links to Thunderbird, you can do the following:
> enter about:config to the addressbar
> set (or create) these key-value pairs:
> network.protocol-handler.external.mailto (bool) = true
> (string) = /usr/local/bin/thunderbird
> or put the following into ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/prefs.js:
> user_pref("", "/usr/local/bin/thunderbird");

Thanks for the lead.  I had to put them in 

Doug P

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