Outlook vs Outlook Express Default

My email client is set to Outlook Express and it always works except when I use "maito: " in a shortcut, for example. But when I do, Outlook always invoked instead of OE. How can I prevent this?
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TheTechManCommented:
In Internet Explorer, Internet Options, go to the Programs Tab
Look for Default Email and change it to Outlook Express from Outlook
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cbuttonAuthor Commented:
TheTechMan:
It was a;ready set to Outlook Express and has been for a few yeats.
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TheTechManCommented:
How long is a yeat, anyhow?

To go any further, we need to know if it's XP or lower, or Vista or higher.

Vista and 7:  Type 'Default' in the Run bar (Start Menu) then Click 'Change Extensions'

 Vista/7 Default Programs
Click the MAILTO: icon and change it to your app of choice.

XP and lower:  Open My Computer, then go to Tools --> Folder Options

Click the 'File Types' tab at the top, scroll down to MAILTO: and change the program there.

Good luck!
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cbuttonAuthor Commented:
TheTechMan:

Thanks. I can't check it out right now, but I will check it out later today.

BTW, you actually don't know how long a yeat is? :-)
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cbuttonAuthor Commented:
TheTechMan
I found it, but I don't know what to do with it. I changed the "Application used to perform the action:
    It was "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"
    I changed it to "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"
In both cases the Action is Open
The application for Outlook simply said OUTLOOK
I changed OUTLOOK in the Application field to
    I changed it to "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"

Now with a shortcu7t whose property is set to
    mailto:TopWebDog@PetproLife.org?subject=New%20Dog

Invoking the shortcut causes OE to open and check the mail, but there's no sign of a new message, which is what I want. I'm sure I haven't done the right thing, but I don't know what is right.
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TheTechManCommented:
Hi there,

Change it to this:

"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\Msimn.exe" /mailurl:%1

That should do the trick.  The IPM.Note is a template used only in Outlook, not available in Outlook Express.
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cbuttonAuthor Commented:
TheTechMan,

Thanks. That did it.

One more question: in my attempts I managed to get an extra MAILTO PROTOCOL in my File Types. It doesn't seem to hurt anything, but I'd like to remove it if it's possible. Can I?
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TheTechManCommented:
You can remove it, yes.  If it's the wrong one, change the other one to reflect what is above.

Also, please award points when you can?  :-)
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