Launchy Extension Allows Links to be Opened with External Applications

Friday December 19th, 2003

Henrik Gemal writes in with information about his new Mozilla extension, Launchy: "Launchy will enable you to open links and mailtos with external applications like Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, Mozilla Firebird, Netscape, Outlook, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player and others. Launchy will auto detect all applications. It's a Windows only extension!

"Wanna open a link with Winamp? Just right click and say 'Open link with Winamp'. Wanna send an email to the selected mailto link using Outlook? Just right click and say 'Send email using Outlook'. I think you get the picture. It's great for testing and also for using external mail and media applications."

Launchy 1.5.0 can be downloaded from

#1 PDF files?

by ecarlson

Saturday December 20th, 2003 12:01 PM

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I was just now trying to get Mozilla 1.5 to open PDF files using Acrobat 5.0 externally, instead of opening them in a Mozilla window. Unfortunately, I didn't see Acrobat listed in the app list for this new add-on. Does anyone know how to permanently force Mozilla to open PDF files in the external Acrobat app? When I setup Acrobat as an external viewer for PDF files, Mozilla says it will only use the external app if the web page indicates that it should use an external app, otherwise it will open it in a Mozilla window.

There is a setting in Acrobat preferences to "Display PDF in browser", and if I uncheck this setting, then when I use IE to view a PDF, the PDF is opened in Acrobat instead of an IE window, but Mozilla ignores this setting.