How to Change What Browser Opens When Clicking a Link in Outlook Express

By Craig Witt

Outlook Express is a lightweight version of Microsoft's popular Outlook personal information management program. It lets you send, receive, manage and search through your email messages, as well as read and post newsgroup content. Like most other programs on your computer, Outlook Express opens hyperlinks using your system's default Web browser. As a result, if you want to change the browser responsible for opening links in email messages, you must adjust your default browser settings. Whether you use Windows XP, Vista or 7, this change takes just a few clicks.

Using Windows XP

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double click the "Add or Remove Programs" icon.

Step 3

Select "Set Program Access and Defaults" from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 4

Select your preferred Web browser from the list of options below the "Choose a default Web browser" heading.

Step 5

Click "OK" to confirm the change.

Using Windows Vista or Windows 7

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double click the "Default Programs" icon.

Step 3

Click "Set your default programs."

Step 4

Locate your preferred browser in the list of programs, click its name and click the "Set this program as default" option on the right-hand side of the window.

Step 5

Click "OK" to confirm the change.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on your "Start" menu configuration, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may be able to click the Windows "Start" button and select the "Default Programs" option, instead of first navigating to the "Control Panel."