How to Change the Default Email App on Windows 10 for Mailto: Links

Microsoft sets its own Mail as the default email client. But here’s a look at changing it to what you want to use system-wide or based on protocol.

Windows 10 Default App

Changing your default email client is generally the same as changing other default Windows 10 apps. To set your favorite email client as the system-wide default, head to Settings > Apps > Default Apps. Then in the right panel under the Email section, you will see it is set to the Mail app. Just click on it and choose the email app you want to use as the default from the list.

Set Default Email Windows 10

Now, it’s also worth noting that you can set your default email app to a specific protocol – which is what Mailto: is. So, for example, maybe you want those types of to open with an email client other than your system-wide default. You can set that by heading to Settings > Apps > Default Apps and scrolling down and clicking the “Choose default by protocol” link.

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Chose default app protocol windows 10

Then scroll down and find the “MAILTO” protocol and change the app accordingly. An easy way to test things out is to go to our Contact page, and click on one of the email links which are set as Mailto: and make sure it opens with the correct app you set it to.

Set Default Email app by Protocol Windows 10

Having the Windows 10 Mail app open when clicking an email link on an invoice while already in Outlook, for example, is a bit jarring. It’s an odd behavior that usually happens when you start on a new PC or fresh install of Windows 10. But now you know that you can set the default Windows 10 email app to the one you prefer.

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