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Set Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007/2010 as default email client in Windows 7

Make Outlook 2007 your default email program in Windows 7 Windows 7 comes without a built-in email client, but many computer manufacturer pre-install the free "Windows Live Essentials" package, also made by Microsoft, which includes the Windows Live Mail email program. This means that when you upgrade to Windows 7 or purchase a new PC with Windows 7, you either have no email program (therefore, no default email client), or that you have Windows Live Mail automatically set as the default. After you have install Outlook, you can make the default program and use it instead (or in conjunction with another application). In this tutorial, we will explain how to set Microsoft Outlook as your default email program in Windows 7 (for Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, or Outlook 2010).


Make Outlook your default email program on Windows 7

Follow these steps to change your default mail handler to a version of Microsoft Outlook:

Tip: test your current email program setting by clicking on this sample email link - it will automatically open a new email window in the application Windows 7 currently recognizes as the default mail handler. (In this case, a blank email in your version of Outlook should open.)

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