How to set Microsoft Outlook 2010 back to default

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How to set Microsoft Outlook 2010 back to default
Outlook 2010 has a fully integrated ribbon interface. (Courtesy of Microsoft)

Microsoft Outlook 2010 is the third most recent version of this popular email and calendar software. It is included in all versions of Microsoft Office 2010. If you’ve been using a different email client and now plan to use Outlook 2010 more regularly, it’s handy to set Outlook 2010 back to being the default programme. This reduces programme conflict when you’re trying to execute email and calendar related tasks on your machine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Return to default

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Outlook 2010 from the Start menu. It may take a few seconds for the programme to fully load.

  2. 2

    Click the File tab. This opens a drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Select Options from the drop-down menu. A separate panel with further email configuration options will open. Rather than clicking tabs or links, you are now required to click a box.

  4. 4

    Click in the box next to “Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar.” This ensures that the next time you start up your computer, or click on an email link while browsing the web, Outlook 2010 will automatically respond.


  1. 1

    Click the Start menu and select Control Panel from the list that opens. Type “default programmes” into the search box in the top right-hand corner of the Control Panel.

  2. 2

    Hit Enter. This brings up a short list of link options.

  3. 3

    Click the “Set Default Programs” that appears under “Default Programs.”

  4. 4

    Scroll through the list until you see “Microsoft Outlook 2010.” If you do not see it, or you see another email client instead, this means Outlook 2010 is not selected as the default email programme. If this is the case, you need to go back into Outlook 2010 and double-check you’ve set it as default. Restarting the computer may help.

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