How Do I Set up My Default Email Client?

Although you may have a desktop email client, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird installed on your computer, clicking “Mail to” hyperlinks causes your computer to launch the default Mail app that comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. You can, however, prevent the Mail app from showing up by setting your preferred email client as the default email application via the operating system itself, or by directly configuring your Web browser.

Change PC Settings

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Press “Windows-C,” click “Settings” on the Charms bar and then click “Change PC Settings.”

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Click the “Search and Apps” side-tab, then click the “Defaults” side-tab.

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Click on the current default email client under the Email section, then select the email client that you prefer from the drop-down list. Press “Alt-F4” to exit the Change PC Settings panel.

Internet Explorer 11

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Press “Alt-X” to open the Tools menu, then click “Internet Options.”

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Click the “Programs” tab, then click “Set Programs” under Internet Programs. On the Default Programs window that shows up, click “Set Program Access and Computer Defaults.”

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Click "Custom," then click the radio button next to your preferred email client under the Choose a "Default E-mail Program" section. Click “OK” to save the changes.

Mozilla Firefox

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Press “Alt-T” to open the Tools menu, then click “Options.” On the pop-up box that appears, click “Applications.”

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Click the drop-down menu next to “mailto.” Select your preferred email client from the list. In addition to any desktop email clients installed on your computer, Firefox also displays the Web-based email client Gmail as an option.

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Click “OK” to save the changes.