How to Make Windows Mail Your Default Email Program

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When you click on an email address in your browser, you want Windows Mail to come up. Other than mere convenience, making Windows Mail your default Windows email program can solve a number of mysterious problems. Fortunately, it is a relatively easy thing to do, but the method used depends on what version of Windows you have.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10 and Windows 8.

How to Make Windows Mail Your Default Email Program in Windows 10

Microsoft uses Windows Mail as the default email program in Windows 10. However, if you or someone else changed it to another email client, such as Microsoft Outlook, you have the ability to change it back to Windows Mail (which is called simply "Mail" in Windows 10) at any time. Accessing Default Apps in Windows Settings makes changing the default email program fast and easy.

  1. Type "default" in the search box next to the Start menu.

  2. Choose Default Apps from the list of results. The Default Apps window will open.

    Screenshot of Default Apps in search
  3. Select the application listed under Email. The Choose an App menu will appear.

    Screenshot of Default Apps
  4. Select Mail.

    Screenshot of Mail in Choose an app list
  5. Exit the Default Apps window. Windows Mail will now be set as your computer's default email application.

How to Make Windows Mail Your Default Email Program in Windows 8

Microsoft uses Windows Mail as the default email program in Windows 8 and 8.1. However, if you or someone else changed it to another email application, such as Outlook, you have the ability to change it back to Windows Mail (which is called simply "Mail" in Windows 8 and 8.1) whenever you choose.

To make sure Windows Mail is your default email program and picks up all requests to send and read mail, you must access Default Programs in the Control Panel.

  1. Enter "Default" in the Search Control Panel box and choose Default Programs.

  2. Select the Associate a File Type or Protocol with a program link.

  3. Scroll down the list until you find Protocols on the Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program window.

  4. Double-click MAILTO under Protocols.

  5. Select Mail under How do you want to open this type of link (mailto)?

  6. Select Close. Windows Mail will now be set as your computer's default email application.