How to Change the Default Mail App in Windows 10

Your Windows 10 computer has a number of different default settings that it adheres to when you perform certain actions. One of the most commonly-encountered defaults is the Web browser. If you haven’t changed this setting, then it’s likely that Microsoft Edge is the default browser, and clicking on a link in a different program will cause a page to open in Edge.

But just as you can change the default browser to something like Chrome or Firefox, you can change the default Mail app to something else as well. Our tutorial below will show you where this setting is located so that you can choose to use another email application, such as Outlook, as your default mail program.


How to Set a New App as the Default in Windows 10

The steps in this article are going to show you how to set the app that is used by default when you perform a “mail” action, such as clicking on a hyperlinked email address in a Word document. If you are already using a Mail app, such as Outlook, and it isn’t the default, then actions performed within Outlook will still occur in that program.

Step 1: Type “default app” into the search field at the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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Step 2: Choose the Default app settings option at the top of the list of search results.

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Step 3: Click the Mail button under Email, then choose the app that you would like to use by default when you perform a mail action.

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Note that your computer will list the apps that are currently installed on your computer which are capable of being set as the default mail application.


Want to make it easier to find the apps you use all the time? Read about how to do this in Windows 10 by putting your most used apps on the Start screen.

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