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How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

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How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

My outlook express currently shares my internet connection settings with Internet Explorer. I want it to share with firefox but don't know how to make that happen.

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SUMO Contributor

Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

I don't think there is a way to do this. Outlook Express is closely tied to IE.

What is it about the way OE is working that you would like to work differently? Maybe there's a workaround.

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Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

The internet connection settings used in IE are shared across the whole computer, including Outlook Express. There is no way to change this unfortunately.

New User

Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

I recently installed Firefox and my Outlook Express is on my account with an icon at the bottom toolbar on my account . My wife and I share the same PC and she can't access OE without closing Firefox . I feel sure there is a way it can be added to her account since it is on mine .

New User

Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

I recently installed Firefox and my Outlook Express is on my account with an icon at the bottom toolbar on my account . My wife and I share the same PC and she can't access OE without closing Firefox . I feel sure there is a way it can be added to her account since it is on mine .

SUMO Contributor

Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

Hi kentbull, this is a little confusing...

You and your wife have separate Windows accounts, or do you share a single Windows account and just have separate email accounts?

Outlook Express -- the stand-alone email program shipped with Windows XP -- doesn't depend on Firefox except if you click a link in a message in OE, it will open in your default browser, which may be Firefox. Really should not be a problem to open/close Outlook Express whether Firefox is open/closed/installed/missing.

If you have switched to Outlook.com, the latest iteration of Hotmail, the situation may be different. If you are sharing a single Windows account, then you most likely are sharing Firefox and Microsoft probably does not let you be in two accounts at the same time in one Firefox session without logging out of one account and then into the other.

Support Forum Moderator

Re: How can I make firefox my internet connection with Outlook Express

kentbull,

If you are using WinXP and are using Outlook Express, try using the DefaultBrowser utility program - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/defaultbrowser.htm - to be able to set separate default web browsers for each User Account in WinXP.

WinXP doesn't provide for separate Default browser settings for each Account, so you need to use this utility program.