How to Make Outlook Web Access Your Default Mail Client

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How to Make Outlook Web Access Your Default Mail Client
OWA lets you access your e-mail from any computer or phone with Internet access. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from

Outlook Web Access, sometimes abbreviated as OWA, is an Internet-based application that lets you check your Outlook mail inbox from anywhere even without a computer. It allows you to remotely log in like any other webmail program. Your computer will automatically revert to it if it is your default mail client, even if you have another e-mail application installed.

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  1. 1

    Open your default web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc). Since Outlook Web Access works through web browsers, you'll need to set it as the default in the browser itself.

  2. 2

    Click on the name of the browser in the top left menu, then select "Preferences". In the popup box that opens, select "Options", then "Programs".

  3. 3

    Click on the box that says "Email" and select "Outlook Web Access". Click "OK" to continue and save changes.

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