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Set the default email client in Windows 7 ("Default mail handler")

As you may have discovered, Windows 7 itself doesn't come with an email program pre-installed; but in many cases, your computer manufacturer will conveniently add Windows Live Mail to your PC (a free email client also created by Microsoft). If Windows Live Mail is installed, it is automatically set as the default email client; in this tutorial, you will learn how to change your default email program for Windows 7 otherwise.

If you do no not have any email application currently installed on your computer, have a look at our list of free email programs for Windows 7.

Set or change your default mail handler in Windows 7

Follow these steps to configure which email program launches with email links: there are two ways you can configure the default mail handler - we will explain both the easy way and the advanced way; advanced instructions are in blue-ish, and you can disregard them if you want.

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Tutorial last updated on June 18, 2012
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