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Use Hotmail as default email client

Hotmail as temporary default email program We all know that all versions of Windows let you set the default email program that will be called whenever you click on an email link, for example, but what about setting Hotmail as the default email client? In this tutorial, we will show you how to use Hotmail as the default mail client in a particular case, without actually having to change your default email program for Windows. This tutorial assumes that you are using Internet Explorer 8, the latest and current version at the time of this writing. (What version of Internet Explorer do I have?) Because you do not need to change your default email client, this means that you will be able to choose in which case to use Hotmail or use Windows' default mail handler.

Some of our other tutorials explained how you can email a link from Internet Explorer, email an entire web page from IE, and how to email a picture from IE. In all three cases, Internet Explorer will automatically use your default Windows email program.

Use Hotmail as default email program

Right-click to email a link using Hotmail by default Right-click on a web page in Internet Explorer: towards the middle of the context menu, you should see an "E-mail with Windows Live" menu item. If you do not see it, download the Windows Live Essentials package for free. If you have installed Windows Live Mail on your computer (since Windows 7 ships without built-in email program, computer manufacturers often install it for you), you should see the E-mail with Windows Live menu item when you right-click on a web page.

If you click on it, this action will load a new tab with Hotmail's email editor preloaded, using the web page title as subject and the URL (web page address) inside the body of the email. Regardless of your default email program, clicking E-mail with Windows Live will always send the email with Hotmail. This, in effect, makes Hotmail your default email program in addition to Windows' default email application!

Use Hotmail as default email client in Internet Explorer 8 If your command bar is showing on the right of the browser tabs, you can also go to the Page menu, and choose E-mail with Windows Live.

This has exactly the same effect as the command in the context menu, and will email a link to the current page using Hotmail as the default email application - you can pick your favorite approach to sending emails with Hotmail as default handler!

For this method of sending emails to be feasible, however, you should (and only from a trusted computer), configure your Hotmail sign in settings so that Hotmail logs you in automatically, instead of presenting you with a form asking for your email address and password. (Our Hotmail login tutorial explains how the process works in detail.)

Cannot email a page with Hotmail!

Cannot email link from secure page in Internet Explorer If the E-mail with Windows Live menu item is grayed out, this is because you are on a secure page ("HTTPS", with the padlock icon in the address bar), and Internet Explorer is trying to prevent you from emailing a link you did not mean to email, or should ideally not send by email.

In that case, you can either avoid emailing the content Internet Explorer is telling you should not be emailed, or use your actual Windows default email program to send the link: File > Send > Link by E-mail, or Page > Send Link by E-mail.

Hotmail Tip: Load your inbox with a click!

Create new emails in Hotmail A side effect of this command is that you can quickly load your Hotmail inbox with a right-click! Just follow the same procedure described above, and a new tab will open to Hotmail's email editor: instead of sending the email, just click on the Inbox link on the left - with two clicks, you are inside Hotmail, coming from any web page you were visiting! Another (somewhat indirect) way to make Hotmail act as your default email program…

Conclusion: Hotmail as your default email program, temporarily

By using Internet Explorer 8, you have the option of using Hotmail as default email program, or an installed desktop email application. When you are in a hotel, or using a public computer, the option of using Hotmail as default program using this indirect method is very handy, since you would not be able to install an email program of your own.

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Tutorial last updated on February 19, 2012
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