How to Make AOL My Default Mail Program With Internet Explorer

By Nina Rotz

AOL users have their own web browser and email programs, separate from Windows' Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail. However, AOL users can access web pages directly by using Internet Explorer on their computer. The default email program needs to be changed, as IE is set up to route email access to Windows Mail or Outlook Express by default.

Step 1

Open up Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click on "Tools" and select "Internet Options."

Step 3

Click on the "Programs" tab.

Step 4

Click on the "Set Programs" button, located next to "Choose the program you want to use for other Internet services, such as email."

Step 5

Click on the "Set default programs" icon, a list will populate with all email and web browser programs currently installed.

Step 6

Click on the "AOL" icon, located in the left pane.

Step 7

Click on the "Set this program as default" icon, located in the right pane.

Step 8

Click on the "OK" button.

Step 9

Close down the current Internet Explorer window and open up a new Internet Explorer window. The relaunching process is necessary to confirm your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Closing and opening Internet Explorer confirms the new settings, telling Internet Explorer to use the new changes and default preferences.