Set Outlook as Default (for a minute or two...)

Posted on 2004-10-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I'm trying to import all my mail folders into Mozilla Thunderbird, but Outlook is telling me that it needs to be the "default" mail client to allow the export.
I don't see any option in Outlook to set it as the default, because:

a) It's buried in an obscure place.
b) I made a mistake when switching coffee brands this morning.
c) I work for the government and these types of problems are beyond my comprehension.

Can anyone help?

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Question by:seanpowell
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ID: 12301843
Your post made me laugh.

Not sure what version of Outlook you are using, but imagine the steps are similar.

This is for 2003.

Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar  

On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click Other.

Under General, select the Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar check box.

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ID: 12301865
..regarding the coffee that is.
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sunray_2003 earned 500 total points
ID: 12301991

If what Gdoucette told doesnot help , there are 2 other locations you can make outlook as default

If you have IE as the default browser, then go to tools --> internet options --> programs and under
Email , choose "Microsoft outlook"

If you have windows xp , right-click on Start button and go to properties
go to customize under start menu and there you can put Microsoft outlook under Email..

Also you can disable any other email client which you got as default..

Hope this will assist you in your task

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Author Comment

ID: 12302176
Thanks to you both - I was using Outlook 2000, which I'm afraid didn't have that option.
Sunray's suggestion took care of it :-)

Thanks, your time is appreciated.
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Expert Comment

ID: 12302206
Thanks Sean

We rock here in Outlook ..

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ID: 12808151
This was Useful for me........


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