10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2008 7:47 PM by Duane
SC36 Level 2 (155 points)
Hey guys,

I'm using firefox and safari as my internet browsers. Every time I want to email someone, that uses a direct link on their website, the "Mail" program starts up. The problem is I use hotmail and don't have a .Mac account. How do I set it so that when i click on these links it directs me to my hotmail account?


Imac 20, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Duane Level 10 (120,839 points)
    You probably want to take a look at Webmailer.
  • epi_jimenez Level 1 (0 points)
    I really suggest you to use this:


    It's called HttpMail PlugIn. It will let you receive, send, and manage your Hotmail account from Mail.app.
    This will let you use Mail as your default email program but with your Hotmail account.
    I have been using it under Tiger and Leopard. It worked fine! No bugs up to date. There is a read-me file inside, for instructions.
  • SC36 Level 2 (155 points)
    Thanks! Is this really the only way? no way I can set my browser to do it? the thing is I have a laptop running window and I set it up so that you can just click the linked email address and it goes to hotmail, but I don't remember how to do that any more...
  • SC36 Level 2 (155 points)
    what's the real advantage of using Mail?
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)
    You may get more responses to the question over in the Mail & Address Book - Tiger Forums where the Mail users hang out.

    BTW: Have you checked Safari's Preferences to determine if Mail is set up as your default email program?
  • Duane Level 10 (120,839 points)
    As far as I know this is the only way to get around it.

    AFAIK, there is no option in any of the browsers to do something similar.
  • epi_jimenez Level 1 (0 points)
    I really like it, the advantage is that you can read your mail (once that has been download) offline, also you can manage all of your mail from one place. And most importantly is fully compatible with tiger/leopard if you have contacts in your address book you can easily send e-mails to them.
  • SC36 Level 2 (155 points)
    "BTW: Have you checked Safari's Preferences to determine if Mail is set up as your default email program?"

    That's the problem, I can't seem to find in the preferences where I can not make mail by default or choose a default I want.

    Can this be changed in preferences?
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)
    I use Thunderbird which is not web based like Hotmail. TB is my default email program & it is set up so through its preferences.
    I could not find any such preferences in any of the browsers I use on making web based email default nor could I find anything in any of the web based emails I use.

    Then again, Safari is not on my system & I could not find any mail plist files in my system either.
  • Duane Level 10 (120,839 points)
    You can set the default mail application in Mail or by using RCDefaultApp.

    However neither will allow you to specify a web page for accessing your web based mail. Webmailer provides that ability.