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Change default email client on Mac OS X

When you click an email link on a web page (in the Safari web browser, for example), it will automatically launch a new email window inside your default email client for Mac OS X - this is the mail application that the operating system has registered as the default mail handler. Since every Mac comes with Mail.app built in, you don't need to install an email program on your computer; but if you have, you can now change which application should handle emails by default, as you'll learn in this tutorial. Let's get started.

Change or set the default email program on a Mac

Follow these steps to change the default OS X mail handler:

While your official default email client has now been changed for Mac OS X, you can still use other email programs installed on your computer; but when you click on an email link like this one (to test your new default mail handler), or an app on your Mac launches a command that requires an email program, that new application will be automatically used.

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