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Change default email client from outlook to web based

I would like to be able to click an email address and it go directly to my web based email.

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  • billydaw Oct 13, 2008

    Thank you for the response. what if i want to use aol or yahoo rather than hotmail?

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Hi. My name is Alex and Im here to help you solve your problem.

All you have to do is click start, settings, control panel and double click on the icon 'internet options'
Secondly you will see a list of sub headings in the internet options. Click programs

Here you can change the name of the program you wish to open when you click an email address. Please note if you are using a web based email address such as hotmail, then select the program in the list 'Windows live mail' so whenever you click an email address on a website, it will automatically open a window and direct you to hotmail's website

I hope this info helps. please let me know if you have any more trouble. Im happy to help.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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    Alex Woods Oct 13, 2008

    This may not be available to you. Windows Live Mail is in the list as it is part of Microsoft. What you might be able to do, is configure your yahoo or AOL account to Outlook and Outlook Express.



    I hope this helps

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