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How to force Thunderbird Release notes to open in a web browser

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Release notes are visible via a link on "help / about" That link appears to be a web page such as:

https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/91.1.2/releasenotes/?uri=/thunderbird/releasenotes/&locale=en-GB&version=91.1.2&channel=release&os=WINNT&buildid=20210924213438

but there is no way to easily open that web page in a web browser. Instead the page opens _behind_ the "About" screen that Thunderbird is displaying.

In order to actually read the page I need to copy the URL, paste it into a web browser and read it there.

How do I tell Thunderbird to not try and display web pages (including release notes) inside a new tab but instead use my default web browser?

As an aside, in "Tools / Preferences / General" if I scroll down to "Files & Attachments" I can see 1 entry only ("Portable Document Format (PDF)"). There is no obvious way to add new entries to that list.

Release notes are visible via a link on "help / about" That link appears to be a web page such as: https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/91.1.2/releasenotes/?uri=/thunderbird/releasenotes/&locale=en-GB&version=91.1.2&channel=release&os=WINNT&buildid=20210924213438 but there is no way to easily open that web page in a web browser. Instead the page opens _behind_ the "About" screen that Thunderbird is displaying. In order to actually read the page I need to copy the URL, paste it into a web browser and read it there. How do I tell Thunderbird to not try and display web pages (including release notes) inside a new tab but instead use my default web browser? As an aside, in "Tools / Preferences / General" if I scroll down to "Files & Attachments" I can see 1 entry only ("Portable Document Format (PDF)"). There is no obvious way to add new entries to that list.

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I don't know how to open that page in the browser, but it's easier to read if you click 'Release notes' in Preferences/General/Updates.

The entries in Files & Attachments are added when you open an attachment the first time and specify the default opening app (see picture).

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Clicking 'Release notes' in "Preferences/General/Updates" still opens it in Thunderbird rather than a browser but at least it isn't hidden behind another window.

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I fail to see what this discussion is about. Large parts of Thunderbird are the display of a web page, from addons to release notes. The welcome screen and the privacy policy. This is going to become a more not less is my guess. So perhaps the real question is why do you want to open Thunderbird's internal links in a browser?

Thunderbird is hard coded to open certain web links internally.