Outlook Default Mail Client: After installing Outlook (regardless of the version), it will likely not be recognized as the default client. Instead of switching between different email apps to complete your email tasks, why not make Outlook the default destination for sending and receiving emails?
If you’re using Windows 10, you’ve probably noticed that the default email client has been replaced with a new Mail program. Given that you’re unlikely to be a fan of the new default email app, being taken to it every time you click an email link can get bothersome (MailTo).
If Outlook is not recognized as the default mail client, we’ve provided two distinct techniques for setting it as the default. Both approaches will accomplish the same thing, so choose the one that appears to be most convenient for you.
Which Windows Version Do You Use?
If you prefer a different email client, you may change it at any moment. You may find the configuration options in Windows. However, before you begin, make sure you know what version of Windows you are using. Changing the default email settings varies depending on the version of Windows you are using.
Using the Control Panel to Make Outlook the Default Mail Client
- Type “Control Panel” in the Windows key + R combination. To open it, press Enter.
- To find “Default Programmes,” use the search box in the top-right corner. Then, right-click on Default Programs and select Properties.
- Click the Mail Button under Email.
- Make Outlook your default software by selecting it from the list.
- Select Assign a file type or protocol to a program.
- Ensure Default applications are selected from the Apps menu (left-hand side). Scroll to the bottom and choose Choose default applications by protocol.
- Scroll down the protocol list until you see a MAILTO entry. Then, double-click it to select one of many possibilities.
- Choose your Outlook software from the drop-down option.
That’s all! Outlook is now set as the default email client. When you click an email link (MailTo), Outlook will now launch immediately.
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Using the Settings Menu to Make Outlook the Default Mail Client
Depending on your Outlook version, the actions that follow may be slightly different from one another. In this example, we utilized Outlook 2016. However, if you’re using an older version, please see the Note paragraphs for the specific path to follow.
- Open Outlook, navigate to the File menu and then select Options.
Note: To access the Other tab in Outlook 2017, navigate to Tools > Options and click on the Other tab.
- Make sure the General tab is checked, and then choose the checkbox next to Make Outlook the default application for e-mail, contacts, and calendar to make Outlook the default program for these items (under Start-up options).
Note: Please keep in mind that there is no General tab in Outlook 2010. As soon as you enter the Choices window, you should access the Startup options.
- To save your changes, click the Save button.
That’s all there is to it. Outlook is now set up to automatically handle all of your e-mails, contacts, and calendar appointments.