How to Set the Default Email Program on Windows

by | Jan 8, 2020 | Email, Windows

Windows launches Mail instead of your favorite email program? Find out here how to set the default email program on Windows (for reading mail and when you click an email address for writing a message).

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Cocoons are for moths. Who knew?

I learned something new just now… and, speaking of novelty and transformations, how about a new default email program for Windows? You can do it just now, and turn your Mail for Windows 10 larva, say, into an Outlook butterfly.

How to Set the Default Email Program on Windows

Time needed: 3 minutes.

To change the default program used for sending and receiving emails on Windows 10:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu.

    Windows menu button

  2. Select Settings.

    Keyboard shortcut: You can press Windows I to open settings.Select

  3. Now choose Apps on the Windows Settings screen.


  4. Open the Default apps section under Apps.

  5. Click the currently selected application under Email.

  6. Now select the desired program from the list.

    Example: Select Outlook to make Outlook your default email program for Windows.Select the desired email program from the list

  7. Close the Settings window.

How to Change the Default Mail Client on Windows 10: FAQ

Where is the default email program used in Windows?

The default Windows email program is used

(How to set the default email program on Windows tested with Windows 10 Version 1909; updated January 2020)