How to configure Outlook as default app for email hyperlinks?

This question is equal parts Windows 8 and Outlook, but after posting this question in the Windows 8 forum I was told to come here.

I just started started using Windows 8 and I also using Outlook 2010. I clicked on a email address within Outlook to start a new email and I was presented with a popup that asked me what application I wanted to email with and I was presented two icons, one for Outlook, one was a white and blue logo that I didn't recognize. Out of curiosity I clicked the white and blue logo and it took to some sort thing that I didn't that didn't entirely understand but thought that it was built into the OS and is somehow possibly tied to windows live. Anyways, I want to keep using Outlook but now the default is for this other white and blue thing. How do I setup Outlook as the default?



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When you receive the prompt to select the program to open the link, select Outlook from the list.



If the issue persists, follow the steps given below to set Outlook as default email client:


Method 1:-


Set as default within outlook.


  1. On the Tools menu in Office Outlook, click Options, and then click the other tab.
  2. Under General, select the Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar check box.


Method 2:-


  1. Set as default from control panel.
  2. Navigate to Control Panel\ Default Programs\Set Default Programs
  3. Click on the outlook icon on the left hand side.
  4. Set as default.


Hope this helps to resolve the issue. If you need any assistance with other Office applications, reply to us and we are glad to assist you further.



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Last updated June 22, 2021 Views 2,123 Applies to: