How do I set up my default email client?

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With Windows operating systems, you can make your favourite e-mail program your default e-mail client. Whenever you access a website or program that requires you to send an e-mail, your default e-mail client launches automatically. Whether you are using Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express or Yahoo! Mail, you can select your default e-mail client quickly using these steps and guidelines.

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  1. 1

    Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Tools" menu located on the top of your browser. Click "Internet Options."

  2. 2

    Click the "Programs" tab. Click the drop-down arrow next to the "E-mail" window. Select the email client that you want to use as your default e-mail program. Click "Apply" to save the changes and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Alternatively, click the Windows "Start" menu and click "Default Programs" (Windows Vista and 7) or "Set program Access and Defaults" (Windows XP). Click the "Custom" radio.

  4. 4

    Select the default e-mail program you want to use under "Choose a default e-mail program." Click "OK" to save the changes.

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