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I kicked this one around in another forum but it is still an issue for me.

mailto using a URL button dows not work well, because the url button insists upon opening a browser window before firing up the local email tool. Could we please have a mailto button or a url button that can have parameters set so no browser window opens?

The workaround I have played with is using a component with html formatting. It works, but I have had a real problem with the cursor change when hovering on top of the mailto "text". The cursor change does not occur when hovering on top but only when hovering significantly below, which makes it pretty confusing for the end user.

I can't post examples here it seems, so I hope you see what I mean when trying a mailto in a text component.

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    Posted on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:27 PM


    I just tried this on a Label (with Enable HTML Formatting) and I do get the hand cursor when I move over the text (I am on SP1 FP2 - build 439):

    <A  HREF=""><FONT COLOR="#0000FF"><U>Click to start sending an email to someone at</U></FONT></A><BR>
    If you run this in a web browser then you should not get an extra web browser window...

    When you are in Preview mode I think the Flash Player has to open a web browser to redirect mailto to your default email application, this is probably the same in PPT as well.

    If you export to a SWF and run the SWF in a web browser then for me the email application just opens without an extra web browser. If you have associated SWF files with your web browser you can go File, Export Preview in Xcelsius to open the SWF in an external web browser...



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      Thanks to the combined efforts of Matt and Charles, I have not got this sorted.

      For those who are interested, here is how it works.

      I only output to swf and then embed in pdf. I never output to a web page so I couldn't quite make out what was being said above as I always saw a new unwanted browser page open when I played the swf or pdf.

      To do a proper mailto without the unwanted browser page:

      1) Use the url button and feed it your mailto details

      2) If you are outputting an swf with html to be viewed in a web page, just select This Window in the Window Options of the General Tab. That's all. It does not work in Preview but in works when exported.

      3) If, like me, you want to play a stanalone swf in a PDF file, doing the above is sufficient BUT playing the swf in any player will NOT work. However, if you embed that swf ino Acrobat 9, the maito will behave perfectly.

      Hope this helps.

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