Back in the latter half of 2009 when Firefox 3.5 was released, I was quite disappointed that the backend 'about:config' feature known as '' was removed from Firefox. Open_external is a preference that specifies how webpages should be opened if an external program (such as email program) opens a URL. In November or so I found a fix, which I talk about more here in this post.

But since Firefox 3.6, and newer updates of the addon fix, they would not work for me. Firefox 3.5 removed the open_external feature, which annoyed me, then a fix for it is now broken in FF 3.6.
I got fed up so I just made my own Firefox extension to fix it!

Restore Open_External 1.0
Restores the functionality of the '' preference that was removed in Firefox 3.5+

(I have now learned how to make script-based FF extensions)

Thank you very much.

For me it's a user experience nightmare to remove such an option. For something to change, they should have promoted it to the preferences dialog instead (from only being visible in about:config).

It's very much required with multiple workspaces, too: you may not have Firefox running on the same workspace, and clicking a link in your mail app should open the link on the current workspace, of course.

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