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Switching from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook as email default

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  1. Dantree

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    How do I make Microsoft Outlook the default email program? I make the change in IE version 5, but when I reboot the system (Win 98), Outlook Express is once again selected as the default email program.

    I read in a previous post about using the following sequence for making Outlook Express the default. Is there anything similar for Microsoft Outlook? :
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    To make Outlook Express your default e-mail client:
    Close OE, click Start/Run and enter this command line, complete with quotes, spaces and the /reg switch:

    "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /reg
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    Thanks very much,
    Dan
     
  2. RandyG

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    Hi Dan,

    Open Outlook, and you will usually receive a question whether or not you want it to be the default handler.
     
  3. Dantree

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    Opening Outlook doesn't prompt the question of whether it should be the default program. Is there some sort of command to run like the one I mentioned before your last post that would apply for Microsoft Outlook?

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  4. ancientone

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    Try this:

    In Internet Explorer, click on Tools>Internet Options>Programs tab. In the E-Mail or Mail setting, click on the list arrow to see if Outlook is there. If so, choose Outlook and click on OK.
     
  5. RandyG

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    Hi ancientone,
    From what I read in Dan's first post, he has tried that method, but it's not sticking.
    Are you running Netscape on your system? OL2002: Outlook Is Not Automatically the Default E-mail Client After Upgrade from Netscape E-mail Client see if this article helps. You will need to find and rename the mapi32.dll file located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033 folder.

    Are you using MSN Explorer? OL2000: Configuring Outlook as the Default E-mail Client for MSN 2.5 this article details how to do a registry change to make sure it sticks. I think this will help you regardless of anything else, as I have the same key in my registry, and I do not use MSN.

    I found 2 heys that store that info. I don ot know if the first one, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSN\Mail, is the default or if HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\MSN\Mail is. Change both!
     
  6. ancientone

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    Thanks RandyG. I guess I scanned instead of read.

    Additionally, Dantree should be able to go into the Options in Outlook and make Outlook the default.
     
  7. RandyG

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    I thought that as well, but when I went to look Yesterday, I couldn't find that option. I know it is in Outlook Express, but I could not find it in OUtlook 2000.
     
  8. Dantree

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    Thanks, I will check these fixes out. Dan
     
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