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Monday, May 10, 2004

Hidden feature: use Mozilla inside FeedDemon!

FeedDemon relies on Internet Explorer for its embedded browsing, and although it works very well, there are many who would prefer to use Mozilla inside FeedDemon. But as I wrote about a few months ago, my experience with enabling Mozilla inside of TopStyle taught me that it's too much of a support burden.

However, I'm not one to deny features to my customers :)

So, if you'd like to use Mozilla inside FeedDemon and can accept the fact that it's an unsupported feature, I'll show you how to enable this hidden feature.

First, you'll need to download and install the latest Mozilla control from the URL below:


Note that you must install the control, even if you already have Mozilla or Firefox installed.

Next, open RegEdit.exe and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Bradbury\FeedDemon\1.0, then add a DWORD value named BrowseEnableMozillaOption and assign it the value of 1. The next time you start FeedDemon, you'll notice a new "Use Mozilla" checkbox on Browsing page in Options - just check this box to start using Mozilla inside FeedDemon.

I've been using Mozilla inside FeedDemon for several days without incident, but again I have to caution that this is an unsupported feature, so use it at your own risk. I can't guarantee that it will work reliably, nor can I promise that it will work as smoothly as the integration with Internet Explorer. I'm sorry that this disclaimer is necessary, but unfortunately, past experience has taught me that it is.

Update (06/30/04): I've uploaded a zipped REG file for those who prefer not to edit the registry by hand. After unzipping the REG file, simply double-click it to update your registry.

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Thanks Nick. I don't like "voting" for MSIE every time I access an RSS feed's contents, so this is a great new feature- even if it is unsupported. I find it annoying that Microsoft gets away with providing such a non-conforming browser and I will try to avoid using it wherever I can. :-) It's a pity that Mozilla is so hard to support but I'm sure that will change over time...

Posted by: Kevin at May 10, 2004 9:21:42 AM

Works fine thus far :)

One thing that I noticed is that there's no Copy command in right-click menu (and Select All doesn't work) when using Mozilla instead of IE.

Posted by: Erki at May 10, 2004 9:54:30 AM

Cannot get links to open in tabs. Previously used the Shift key with IE option to open tabs in background. After enabling Mozilla, could not get this feature to work...tried shift and ctrl. Ideas anyone?

Posted by: Stephen at May 10, 2004 12:38:53 PM

Any chance I'll be able to access my mozilla bookmarks as well?

Posted by: Matt Zur at May 10, 2004 12:53:45 PM

Thanks so much! I wish I could still press "CTRL" plus "+" to increase fonts but I'm happy enough to have a fast browser inside FeedDemon.

I can't paste by right-clicking but the speed is worth this minor thing.

Thanks again,

Posted by: Aaron at May 10, 2004 5:36:50 PM

Works fairly well, nice and smooth.

Aside from the aforementioned context menu problems, the middle click / autoscroll doesn't work (for my Logitech wheel mouse, nor my touchpad's buttons).

Might this have something to do with the middle button normally used to open new tabs in Moz/FB? (possibly related to the shift-click problem not being recognized as the open in new tab action)

Back and forth buttons do not work wither, but then again they don't work when using IE as the embedded browser either.

Posted by: IgwanaRob at May 10, 2004 6:11:50 PM

Thanks a bunch! Being restricted to IE was one of my few complaints against FeedDemon.

I didn't get it to work yet, but I suspect I need a restart for the ActiveX thingie to register.

Posted by: Johan Svensson at May 10, 2004 7:34:05 PM

thanks for that great improvement!

one further thing I noticed is the name of the checkbox when you switch to another language, German (Deutsch) for example.

the name of the checkbox then changes from 'Use Mozilla' to 'chkBrowseUseMozilla'.


Posted by: Hans-Dieter at May 11, 2004 2:47:15 AM

Thanks yet again. When I want to comment on other blogs, I use IE, but when I don't have to type for awhile I use Mozilla.

Posted by: Aaron at May 11, 2004 3:27:24 PM