If you install multiple e-mail programs on the same computer, you can ensure that Microsoft Outlook is used when you send e-mail messages from any non-mail program.
For example, one of the following scenarios can occur if Office Outlook is not your default e-mail program:
- If you try to send a spreadsheet to a mail recipient from Microsoft Office Excel that is on a computer that has Office Outlook and Outlook Express installed, Office Outlook might not be used to send the e-mail message.
- If you click a link on a Web page that is intended to open a new message window, your computer might not open the Outlook new e-mail message window, or it might use a mail program other than Outlook.
- When you send a file from a program by pointing to Send To on the File menu, and then clicking Mail Recipient, the e-mail program that is set as your default mail client is used to send the file.
The following steps will set Outlook as your default mail program.
- On the Tools menu in Office Outlook, click Options, and then click the Other tab.
- Under General, select the Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar check box.
Note Making Outlook the default program for e-mail, contacts, and calendar does not automatically add or configure e-mail accounts in your Outlook profile. If you want to send or read e-mail messages in Outlook, you must add and configure the e-mail account as well. For more information about adding and configuring e-mail accounts, see the links in the See Also section.