Lotus Notes: Change the default browser which links open up in

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Sticking with Lotus Notes is like being content with using a stone wheel. I mean it might be slow and rough around the edges, but it still gets the job done and thats what matters... right...?

Well anyway, another day in the office, another trick learnt on this old dog. I still cant decide if I'm referring to my work PC or Lotus Notes, but I know that I'm really sick of links in Lotus Notes opening up in Internet Explorer 8.

Its uber slow to start on the even slower computer and every link I click reuses the same tab on IE8 (even when I've changed the stupid settings!!!) and I constantly have to keep clicking back.

Luckily, our miserable Lotus Notes does have an option to change the default program to open up internet links. Unfortunately, its stashed away under a series of convoluted menus.

  • In the menu, click "File"
  • "Preferences"
  • "Location Preferences ..."
  • Select the "Internet Browser" tab
  • Click the little dropdown arrow beside your current browser (Probably says "Microsoft Internet Explorer")image
  • Select "Other"
  • Click on the flashlight icon to find your browser executable.image
  • Remember to click "Save and close"

Now send yet another angry email telling your IT manager to get off his ass and do his job. That is to migrate from this ancient piece of shit to another email exchange system that isn't from the Genghis Khan dynasty.

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16 comments:

  1. Any idea how to get Lotus Notes 7 to keep the change?

    Dell Latitude D800
    2GB RAM
    2.0GHz Pentium M processor
    Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
    Lotus Notes 7.0.3

    Issue: Notes keeps reverting back to IE as the default web browser, I prefer Mozilla Firefox. Every time I open Lotus Notes, be it when first booting up, sleep, hibernate, or even just from a locked screen, I've got to reset my web browser preference. Quite annoying, but I've been making due. Is there a way I can hard-code my preferred browser in a Notes file? Previous versions of Notes had this information in the notes.ini file, but I've looked in the Notes 7 notes.ini file and can't find it. Any suggestions?

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  2. Hmm I'm not too sure, I've only tried it with Lotus Notes 8. Sorry!

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  3. thank you very much , very useful

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  4. thats great... twig... now what version of notes is this

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  5. This was posted for Lotus Notes 6.

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  6. "Any idea how to get Lotus Notes 7 to keep the change?
    Issue: Notes keeps reverting back to IE as the default web browser, I prefer Mozilla Firefox. Every time I open Lotus Notes, be it when first booting up, sleep, hibernate, or even just from a locked screen, I've got to reset my web browser preference. Quite annoying, but I've been making due. Is there a way I can hard-code my preferred browser in a Notes file? Previous versions of Notes had this information in the notes.ini file, but I've looked in the Notes 7 notes.ini file and can't find it. Any suggestions? "

    Anyone got info on this? ive got exactly the same problem

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  7. Ditto, My lotus POS keeps reverting back to IE. My IT have no clue how to fix it.

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  8. Bless you! This still works. I'm so excited to have finally beaten the 9 year old email technology at my workplace. Only took 2 years.

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  9. thank you. this post has helped me three times already, this time with the notes 8.5.3 install. I also find notes basic and stand-alone sametime is the best combination for memory usage and stability.

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  10. Thanks so much! Agree about this being from the Genghis Khan Dynasty. It's still got Netscape Navigator listed for crying out loud!

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  11. I have Lotus Notes 8.5 and the way to find this option is a little different - go File --> Locations --> Manage Locations, then choose Advanced --> Locations --> Online. Then choose the Internet Browser tab and follow Twig's Tech Tips as above from there!

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    1. Twig is referring to a old pieces of software , For you you do not need to do all this , just go to file> Preferences >Web Browser and then you can change it to your Operating system default ( if you have set it as the default in the operating system ).

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    2. Unfortunately not Anon.

      The default system browser is Firefox and it still kept opening up in Internet Explorer.

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  12. I completely uninstalled the browser that was being used a default by Lotus Notes, then I open the links from my emails with the default browser and the links opened fine. Afterwards, I reinstalled the browser that Notes was using as default and I unchecked the option that said "Use browser as default" during the installation. All everything works fine now!

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    1. Correct in Lotus Notes 8.5 once the applcation has picked up the default browser, it doesn't seem to routinely check if you have updated your default browser.
      One solution is to uninstall the browser you don't want then open a link in your lotus notes email. This should reset lotus notes default browser as well. As mentioned on installing any other browsers uncheck the "Use browser as default" option.

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  13. The fix in Lots Notes 8 actually requires a manual Registry update. Just saying use OS default doesn't actually change the values in the http and https shell entries which do not necessarily get updated when the browser default changes. See thwe following link for details:
    --> http://prjorgensen.com/2011/11/30/lotus-notes-and-urls-not-opening-in-the-default-os-browser/

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