Setting Opera Mail as default program in Windows 7 (64bit)

  • I think I'm reporting a bug. Either that or somebody can tell me what I'm doing wrong.

    I've had the separate version of Opera Mail from the browser up and running for a couple of weeks now. Everything works well and I was able to transfer over my old emails and contacts without any trouble.

    My only problems is when I click on a hyperlink for an email. Even within an email on Opera Mail, I always get this Windows error message:

    There is no email program associate to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association the the Default Programs control panel.

    So I go to Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Your Default Programs.

    Unfortunately, Opera Mail isn't in the list of programs available. I can click on the top task bar to make another list of programs show up but still no Opera Mail. I see no way to add Opera Mail to the list, or any other program for that matter.

    Unless someone here smarter than me can point the way to add Opera Mail to that list.

    I do see Opera Stable but when I open it to see if there is a mail extension, not surprisingly there isn't. Opera Stable is just for the browser.

    I hope this will be fixed in a future release of Opera Mail. I see we're still on version 1.0.

  • Same here in Windows 8.1 (32bit)

  • Search mailto. There was a thread that had a fix. I think it is here

  • cal5760, I went to the thread in your link. Reading that thread, I opened the linked directory and downloaded the MAILTO entry. Opening it, my computer automatically added its contents to my computer's registry using Registry Editor. I then rebooted my computer.

    It didn't work. Opera Mail still doesn't show up as one of the options in Set Default Programs. When I now click on an email hyperlink in the Opera browser, nothing happens. I don't get the error message but nothing shows up in Opera Mail.

    When I click on an email hyperlink in Internet Explorer, I now get a Windows error message that says:

    Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed.

    I don't know if this makes any difference but my Windows 7 64bit install is a fresh one. An older version of the Opera browser with Opera Mail inside it instead of as a separate program had never been installed.

    I will take your advice and search "mailto" and see what I can find. If I have a positive outcome, I'll post it here.

  • I have been hoping Burnout will come along and point the way. He's the mail expert.

    While we're waiting, did you see the "How to Add Opera Mail to the Win7 "Default Progams" List mhtml on the directory listing? There is some discussion further down on that page on what to do "If the above doesn't work".

    This problem and the availability of themes and notes in O12 is why I went back to O12 for mail and ditched Opera Mail.

  • Yes, I did see and read that thread, but with all the attachments now dead links, I didn't go any further. My computer skills aren't bad but that thread quickly got beyond me without the attachments, specifically the ones from Burnout.

    Yes, I hope he shows up. I greatly appreciate your help, Cal.

    I also tried installing another file in that directory called opera_mailto_reg_keys_win7x64.zip. I loaded its contents into my registry. No change.

    There is a text file in the directory called operamail_win7x64_full.reg.txt that I haven't done anything with. Maybe Burnout can guide me in using it although I'm leary of what I've done so far. I've put a bunch of non-functioning lines of code in my clean, newly installed Windows7 registry. That goes against everything I've believed and experienced for the past 15 years. It's like I've taken a track-ready hot rod and added on air conditioning. Half of me says punt at this point and reinstall Windows7 from scratch. It wouldn't be too hard right now. I'd have to update a couple of backup files but otherwise everything I'd need is on external hard drives already.

    It hasn't helped that my ISP has been funky all afternoon, with the Internet coming and going and being generally as slow as molasses. I've wondered more than once today, "WTF did I do to my computer?" Probably nothing but it gets scary when suddenly it takes half a minute for a website to load.

    This situation is at least now tolerable until there is an update to Opera Mail. After these changes, I can right click on an email hyperlink and save it. I can then paste it into an email and go. I couldn't do that at the beginning of the day.

  • Do you have Opera Mail installed for all users?

  • Try <http://www.reddit.com/r/operabrowser/wiki/m2tips/default_programs> if you haven't yet. That's all that should be needed. <http://shadow2531.com/opera/wiki/opera_mail_protocol.reg.txt> (remove the .txt extension after download) is all you should need to import as long as you installed Opera Mail to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Mail".

    Even if you did install to that folder, install Opera Mail again there to fix any registry entries. Then merge that small reg file.

    I also tried installing another file in that directory called opera_mailto_reg_keys_win7x64.zip. I loaded its contents into my registry. No change.

    Those were just the keys that I personally had that worked (with Opera mail installed to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Mail". It was just meant as a more thorough reg file in case the simple one didn't work.

    There's also <http://shadow2531.com/opera/wiki/operamail_win7x64_full.reg.txt> that you can try which should be the same thing as opera_mailto_reg_keys_win7x64.zip, but with all the keys in one reg file. You can try it. It shouldn't harm anything and should help if your Opera Mail is installed in the right spot.

    Again though, the keys I provide are for the en_US version of Win7 x64 where Opera Mail is installed to the literal "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Mail". If Opera Mail isn't there, you'll have to fix the paths in the reg files before you import.

    but with all the attachments now dead links,

    Sorry about that. I won't trust Opera with stuff like that again. I used "save page as mhtml" to back up my pages on my.opera.com and I haven't had a chance to edit them to embed the files. But, instead, I'm probably just going to continue with putting all the info and files up here.

  • Thanks for your post, burnout. I'll try these ideas. It might not be until Sunday as I'm busy with music the next two days but I can do as you advise. I'll let you know how it comes out.

  • burnout, that did it! Thank you very much.

    The only thing I'd add to your awesome directions is a general Windows tip, and that's how to change a file extension. I'd never had to do that before. Your instructions said to remove the .txt extension from a file after I downloaded it. To make that happen, I found out I had to go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View and under Advanced Settings, temporarily unclick "Hide extensions for known file types." Then when I changed the name on the file, I could eliminating .txt, turning it into a .reg file.

    I appreciate everyone's help here. Thanks again.

  • burnout, that did it! Thank you very much.
    The only thing I'd add to your awesome directions is a general Windows tip, and that's how to change a file extension. I'd never had to do that before. Your instructions said to remove the .txt extension from a file after I downloaded it. To make that happen, I found out I had to go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View and under Advanced Settings, temporarily unclick "Hide extensions for known file types." Then when I changed the name on the file, I could eliminating .txt, turning it into a .reg file.
    I appreciate everyone's help here. Thanks again.

    Could you upload the reg file, please? Forget it, I just find it 😛

  • It is not working here. I open the reg file but it does not wotk.

  • burnout, that did it! Thank you very much.

    What parts/reg file did the trick?

    The only thing I'd add to your awesome directions is a general Windows tip, and that's how to change a file extension. I'd never had to do that before. Your instructions said to remove the .txt extension from a file after I downloaded it. To make that happen, I found out I had to go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View and under Advanced Settings, temporarily unclick "Hide extensions for known file types." Then when I changed the name on the file, I could eliminating .txt, turning it into a .reg file.

    Yeh, windows stupidly sets "hide extensions for known file types" by default. It's actually dangerous to have that option checked, so keep it unchecked. If you keep it checked though, press F2 when the file is selected or right-clicking on the file and going to properties should allow you to edit the extension.

  • It is not working here. I open the reg file but it does not wotk.

    which reg file did you try?

  • It is not working here. I open the reg file but it does not wotk.

    which reg file did you try?

    The second link you posted.

  • @sidneyneto Did you untick 'Hide extensions for known file types' as mentioned by ggergm in their last post ?, and then renamed the files extension (last three letters after the '.') to '*.reg' ?.

  • @sidneyneto Did you untick 'Hide extensions for known file types' as mentioned by ggergm in their last post ?, and then renamed the files extension (last three letters after the '.') to '*.reg' ?.

    Yes, and I edit it to the right installation folder(in the reg file).

  • What parts/reg file did the trick?

    The shorter, first one you posted, opera_mail_protocol.reg.txt

  • What parts/reg file did the trick?

    The shorter, first one you posted, opera_mail_protocol.reg.txt

    K. Thanks.

  • It is not working here. I open the reg file but it does not wotk.

    which reg file did you try?
    The second link you posted.

    http://shadow2531.com/opera/wiki/opera_mail_protocol.reg.txt is the 2nd link I posted. But, it's the first reg file link I posted. The 2nd reg file link I posted was http://shadow2531.com/opera/wiki/operamail_win7x64_full.reg.txt

    So, which reg file link?

    Yes, and I edit it to the right installation folder(in the reg file).

    Did you reinstall Opera Mail over the top of itself first like mentioned in http://www.reddit.com/r/operabrowser/wiki/m2tips/default_programs (including installing for All Users)?

    Just curious, since you have 32-bit Win8, did you make sure Opera Mail is installed to "C:\Program Files\Opera Mail" where you edited the paths in the reg file to that?

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