Reader Geraldine Astbury wrote recenlty with a problem she was having with Windows and emailing:
Please can you help me? When I do a right click on a photo and scroll down to ‘mail recipient’ it goes to my Mozilla email programme.
How do I change it to go to either Outlook Express or Incredimail? I don’t always want to use Mozilla.
Sometimes when I receive certain attachments as eml ‘s Mozilla won’t open them, so it’s put me off using it. I can’t find out how to fix this problem in Mozilla even though I’ve really looked at all I can think of.
Have you any ideas about that too?
PS I use Windows XP
Geraldine is trying to use a Windows XP function to email a picture.
If you are using Windows Explorer, the Windows file management tool, you can right-click on a file and you get a special context menu that pops up. It’s called a context menu because the menus options change depending on the context – depending on the circumstances under which you have right-clicked. These circumstances include the file type.
With an image file, one of your options is “Send to.” One of the “Send to” options is “Mail Recipient,” which is the selction that Geraldine is trying to use.
The real issue, in this case, is that Windows does not allow you pick which program you want to use to send the email. It always uses the email program that you have selected as the default email program.
Of course, you can only have one default email program – and that’s the one that gets called when you try to “mail recipient.”
Some programs may allow you to “open with” on a right-click — if so, try to “open with” the email program you want to use.
Otherwise, if the email is still contained within your email program’s files, you need to save the image to your hard drive in a place where you can find it. Then, you can start any other email program, create a new email and attach that photo.
Regarding the file type EML, these are special Outlook Express-only formatted emails, but an EML file usually has a standard text format attached also.
Unfortunately, the Nimda worm also uses the EML filetype to target Outlook Express users.