default mail client in Windows 10

In Windows 10, is there a way to set a webmail "client" (e.g., gmail, as the default mail client? In File Explorer, if I select a file, and then right click to choose "Send to | Mail recipient" I get this message from Microsoft Office Outlook: "Either there is no default mail client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the message request. Please run Microsoft Outlook and set it as the default mail client."

I have done everything I can think of in Control Panel and Settings. Mailto is my selected protocol and Gmail and are my selected email handlers.

*Moved from:  Windows / Windows 10 / Windows settings / PC


It could the settings that you're trying to apply is not being saved properly or not being set up in the right application. Can you confirm if you have tried to configure those settings through the Outlook desktop application? Kindly refer to the methods below in setting Outlook as the default application in sending emails.

Method 1: Set as default within Outlook.

  1. Open Outlook, click on File > Options.
  2. Under General, in Startup options group check the option Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar.

Method 2: Set as default from Control Panel.

  1. Navigate to Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Default Programs.
  2. Select Outlook under Programs list and click on Set as default.
  3. Click Ok.

Method 3: (Optional)

  1. Navigate to Control panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set program access and computer defaults.
  2. Click on the arrow mark pointing downward next to Custom to expand it.
  3. Under Choose a default email program, highlight Microsoft Outlook and click Ok.

Do get back to us with the results and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to post back.

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Last updated August 5, 2020 Views 8,212 Applies to: