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    Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Could someone please let me know how to set up Outlook Express as the default email program in Internet Explorer (Tools/Options/Programs) when it is not in the list of email programs to choose from.
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Please open Outlook Express, go to 'Tools' on the menubar, click 'Options', then click the 'General' tab. In the 'Default Messaging Programs' area at the bottom, click 'Make Default' for e-mail, then click 'Apply', then 'OK'.

    It will now be your default email program and next time you reboot you will see it in the Internet Explorer's Tools/Options/Programs/Email area. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Thank you Bruce!
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    I have the opposite problem. When I click on a mailto: link on a web page or Office document, Outlook Express starts instead of Outlook.

    I am running on a corporate Win2kPro machine that was recently converted from using Lotus Notes to Outlook 2k. The rest of Office Pro 2k is also installed.

    I thought your previous answer was the clue, but the OE 'General' tab states that OE is not the default email program. IE (5.5) 'Programs' tab also lists Outlook as the email program.

    Any idea how to make Outlook behave like a good default program should? Thanks.

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Oftentimes, for Outlook to stick as your default mail client, there are two places this setting has to be changed as just changing a setting in Outlook or IE by itself will not suffice.

    First, open Outlook > 'Tools' > 'Options' > 'Other' tab & make Outlook your default email program in the 'General' area, then 'Apply' > 'OK' and exit.

    Now open IE > 'Tools' > 'Internet Options' > 'Programs' & select 'Outlook' from the drop-down 'E-mail' box then 'Apply' > 'OK' to set Outlook as the behaving default program for your email.
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    OK, so any sugestions on the Newsgroups? I use free agent, and Outlook is the only option(IE 5.5, 98SE). Also, HTML editor was stuck until I added a new editor, which asked. I don't knpw how to configure this dialogue box.

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    I am having the same problem with IE6 and Outlook 2000. When I go to the tools>options>general in Outlook I do not have the check box for the default mail client? Where is it?

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    I'm fairly certain the screen shot Bruce shows above is from OL2002 - the option does not exist in OL2000.
    Have you set Outlook as your mail client in IE > Tools > Internet Options > Programs ?

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Hi, BB ~

    Leif is exactly right. If his suggestion to do this:<UL><LI>Open one instance of IE > 'Tools' > 'Internet Options' > 'Programs' tab<LI>Select 'Outlook' from the drop-down 'E-mail' box then 'Apply' > 'OK'[/list]does not work, sometimes for your default mail client to stick, there is another place this setting may have to be changed. If you have XP & IE6 SP1 installed, then try this:<UL><LI>'Start' > 'Control Panel' > 'Add or Remove programs'<LI>On the left-hand side if the window, click the 'Set program access and defaults' button<LI>Put the dot in the 'Custom' radio button and click the down double-arrow<LI>Under 'Choose a default e-mail program:', put the radio button in 'Outlook' and you may also check the box next to 'Enable access to this program' across from 'Outlook' > 'OK'[/list]

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Yes I have set it in IE and also tried the suggestion of switching to something besides Outlook and rebooting then switching it back, but it is still not working. I wonder if there is an option when installing Outlook 2000 that I missed? Do I have to reinstall?

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    That may be where the problem is. For some reason Outlook is not showing up there (see screenshot), just Outlook Express.
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    Try putting the button on the 'Microsoft Windows' configuration rather than 'Custom' and see what is going on there.

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    There it shows the following:
    E-mail Program: Use my current Microsoft e-mail program
    The only other option is Outlook Express not Outlook?

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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.0)

    It looks like I have the same problem. My system was recently reintalled. The OS is XP Pro and they installed Office XP except that for some reason they installed Outlook 2002. I just asked them to install Outlook 2003 and I think that's when the mailto function disapeared. The email program dropdown list Hotmail, Lotus Notes, MSN Explorer and Outlook Express, no Outlook. The check box in Outlook Tools/Options/Other - General is checked to make Outlook the default email client. I checked the Set Program Access and Defaults in Add/Remove for Internet Explorer and Outlook is not listed there. I also looked and Outlook is not listed at all as a program in Add/Remove.

    Thanks for any help.
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    Re: Default email program in Internet Explorer (6.

    Is it possible to arrange a reinstall of Office 2002 (XP) including Outlook? Is is possible that the problem stems from not having had all parts installed at once.
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