How to Make Outlook Your Default Email Program

Step-by-Step Instructions for Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista and 7

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When you found you do indeed like ​​Outlook and you want to make it your "default" email program, this decision should be commemorated in your Windows settings so it really happens. Just a few easy steps and Outlook will automatically become your default email program.

7 Steps to Make Outlook Your Default Email Program in Windows Vista and 7

To configure Outlook as your default email program in Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type "default programs" in the Start Search box.
  3. Click Default Programs under Programs in the search results.
  4. Now click Set your default programs.
  5. Highlight Microsoft Office Outlook or Microsoft Outlook on the left.
  6. Click Set this program as default.
  7. Click OK.

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5 Steps to Make Outlook Your Default Email Program in Windows 98, 2000, and XP

To set Outlook as your default program for email:

  1. Start ​Internet Explorer.
  2. Select Tools | Internet Options from the menu.
  3. Go to the Programs tab.
  4. Make sure Microsoft Office Outlook or Microsoft Outlook is selected under E-mail.
  5. Click OK.

What to Do if You Get This Error Message

Could not perform this operation because the default mail client is not properly installed

If clicking an email link in your browser gives you this error, try making a different default email program, say Windows Mail, and then Outlook your default email program using the steps above.