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Special links

What are special links and protocol handlers?

Special links are links that open certain programs. For example, when you click a link with an email address, it launches a mail program and creates a message to this address.

Special links use the following protocols:

  • mailto — for opening an email application
  • webcal — for adding events to a calendar

Protocol handlers are programs or web services that open when you click special links.

ProtocolProtocol handler
ProgramWeb service
webcal OutlookYandex.Calendar
mailto Outlook, The Bat!Yandex.Mail

In the Yandex.Browser settings, you can set which web service to use by default for handling email and calendars.

Note. If you have not assigned web handlers yourself, special links are handled by the program that is set on your computer as the default program for email and calendars.

How do I set Yandex.Mail as the mailto protocol handler?

Yandex.Mail offers to set the protocol handler itself:

  1. Log into your account in Yandex.Mail.
  2. Click the  icon in the right half of the SmartBox.
  3. Flip the switch to Allow.

If you enable the Yandex.Mail Button extension, mail links will open in Yandex.Mail.

To enable the extension:

  1. Click  Extensions.
  2. In the Yandex Services section, enable the Yandex.Mail Button extension.

If the icon did not appear in the page title, you can use the handler to assign Yandex.Mail yourself:

  1. Go to the Yandex.Mail page.
  2. Click Ctrl + Shift + J to open the JavaScript console.
  3. Enter the following command in the console and click Enter:
    navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto",
                                      "https://mail.yandex.com/compose?mailto=%s",
                                      "Yandex.Mail");
  4. Confirm by clicking Allow in the dialog window that opens.
Tip. To close the JavaScript console, click the icon or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows) or + + J (Mac OS).

How do I set Yandex.Calendar for handling the webcal protocol?

  1. Go to the Yandex.Calendar page.
  2. Click Ctrl + Shift + J to open the JavaScript console.
  3. Enter the following command in the console and click Enter:
    navigator.registerProtocolHandler("webcal","https://calendar.yandex.ru/import?url=%s","Yandex.Calendar");
  4. Confirm by clicking Allow in the dialog window that opens.
Tip. To close the JavaScript console, click the icon or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + J (Windows) or + + J (Mac OS).

Changing assigned protocol handlers

To view the list of assigned protocol handlers:

  1. Click  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
  4. In the Handlers section, click Manage handlers.

All the assigned protocol handlers are listed in the open Protocol Handlers window.

In this window, you can:

Change the website specified as a protocol handler
  1. Expand the drop-down list and select one of the installed handlers.
  2. Click Done.
Disable the selected protocol handler.
  1. Open the drop-down list and select the option (none).
  2. Click Done.
Delete a specific website from the list of handlers for the selected protocol
  1. Select a service from the list and click the link remove this site.
  2. Click Done.

How do I prohibit protocol handling?

If you do not want a program or web service to open when you click a special link, prohibit protocol handling on all websites:

  1. Click  Settings.
  2. In the lower half of the Settings page, click Show advanced settings.
  3. In the Privacy section, click Content settings.
  4. In the Handlers section, select Do not allow any site to handle protocols.
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