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    Question Can you set Zimbra as the Default Mail Application in Windows?

    G'day all,

    Is it possible to set Zimbra as the Default Mail Application in Windows? So that other Windows applications requiring the ability to compose an email can at least trigger a new Zimbra email window in IE or FF?

    Our current work-around is to install Mozilla Thunderbird and configure IMAP connection to Zimbra server to get this functionality.

    Does anyone know of any better ways? Zimbra Toaster perhaps? (Which I cannot find for download anywhere).

    Cheers!

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    You can configure the Zimbra Toaster to make the Zimbra Web Client the default application for "mailto:" links, but at this point there is no way to make the ZWC the default Windows email application (for example, within MS Word click on File --> Send To --> Mail Recipient to launch the ZWC). This is the number one complaint from my users, and was close to being a show-stopper for us moving completely to Zimbra. I would encourage you and others to vote for bug 12845, which addresses this issue. From what I understand it is not going to be an easy thing to add to Zimbra, and with only 7 votes to date I don't expect it to get much attention.

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    Default Zimbra Toaster needs to also be a MAPI provider

    Thanks for the reply, the bug (Bug 12845 - windows explorer shell plugin "send this to mail recipient") is fairly general and I expect does not have many votes as users would not know what the heck a 'windows explorer shell plugin' is used for anyway

    The workaround to use Thunderbird is working great, if not the perfect solution. Having somthing like the Zimbra Toaster providing the necessary MAPI interface so that other applications can generate new email requests and send email would be heaps better

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    Yeah, I agree the wording on the bug isn't totally clear. I didn't create the bug, and I would guess any attempts to open a new, better worded bug/RFE would result in it being flagged as a duplicate and closed.

    The Thunderbird solution does work. This is the same thing I suggested in our environment, but as of yet it hasn't been accepted. We are migrating from Outlook, and some people were already resisting having to learn a new email client. Kind of hard to justify using two programs where one used to get the job done.

    My opinion is having the ZWC totally integrated with Windows would be a huge plus, but others don't seem to agree otherwise the RFE would probably have more votes. Either that or they are confused by the wording, as you've suggested.

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    I have vote for this. Now there are 41 votes.
    Please vote for Bug 26103 – when deleting mail from shared folder, copy mail to local trash - when deleting mail from shared folder, copy mail to local trash

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