How to modify default mail client in Windows 8

  • Office
  • 2013
  • / 2016
Windows 8 setups new Mail app as the default e-mail client. It can be annoying to click an e-mail (MailTo) link on the webpage and to bounce into the new UI. Here is how to change the default e-mail client to a different desktop e-mail program like Outlook.

    1.    Open the Control Panel (for more details see How to open Control Panel in Windows 8):

    2.    In the Control Panel dialog box, in the Search Control Panel textbox, enter Default and choose Default Programs:

Default program Windows 8

    3.    On the next screen, click Associate a File Type or Protocol with a program link:

Associate a File Type Windows 8

    4.    On the Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program screen, scroll down the list until you find Protocols:

Protocols Windows 8

    5.    Under Protocols, choose MAILTO and then double-click it:

MailTo Windows 8

    6.    Choose the client you prefer:

Choose default mail client Windows 8

    7.    Click Close.

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