I'm not sure if an update is setting another email client as default, but over the last couple of weeks quite a few people asked how to make Outlook the default email client.
Every time I double click on an email address it automatically opens up an Microsoft Mail window asking me to sign up... I didn't want to. Is there a setting I can change to make Outlook the default for email?
Of course you can set Outlook to be the default for all email usage. You can do it within Outlook or from the Control Panel. While these steps are specifically for Windows 7 and 8, the process is similar in older versions of Windows and with older versions of Outlook.
Set Outlook as default email client in Options
In Outlook, go to File, Options, General. At the bottom is an option to Make Outlook the default for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar . It should be checked.
Click the Default Programs button to view the available protocols and extensions and choose which ones open in Outlook by default.
Set Outlook as the default using the Control Panel
- Open the Control Panel.
- Search for Default Programs. (Use the Search field or switch to Icon view and look for Default Programs.)
- Click on Set your default programs link.
- From the list of programs, select Outlook. In Windows 8, it's called "Outlook (desktop)".
- Click on Set this program as default to make Outlook the default for all email, calendaring, and contact features.
- Click Choose Defaults for this program to choose some, but not all, files associations or to view every files type and protocol Outlook supports. (Opens the dialog seen in the second screenshot.)
- After setting the defaults, click OK then close the dialog window.
Published October 14, 2013. Last reviewed on October 14, 2013.