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How to Change Windows 11’s Default Mail App to the One You Actually Use

Windows 11’s default email client is Microsoft’s Mail app, but it’s pretty easy to switch to Outlook, Thunderbird, or any other app.

The default email client in Windows 11 It’s neither as feature-rich nor as intuitive as third-party alternatives, but it’s easy enough to switch to Outlook, Thunderbird, or any other app. There are a number of popular email clients that can be used instead of the default Mail app in Windows. For example, Mailbird, eM Client, Windows Mail, The Bat, and even Kiwi for Gmail for those who swear by Google’s webmail service.

The ability to change Windows 11’s default browser from Edge to something else, like Chrome or Firefox, is ridiculously difficult. However, that should change quite soon, with Microsoft already improving the process of setting a default browser in preview builds of Windows 11. In contrast, changing the default email client in Windows 11 only takes a few clicks. .

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To change the default email client in Windows 11, first install the chosen email app on the computer. With the application installed, and as Practical Geek prompts, open Windows Settings by pressing the Windows key and the letter “I” simultaneously. Then select “Apps” from the left sidebar of the Settings page, then click “Default apps” from the right pane. From there, scroll down and locate the preferred messaging app from the list. Click on this app for a list of protocols that the chosen app will handle by default. Click on each of them one by one, select the chosen application and press OK to set it as default for that particular protocol. Repeat for all email-related protocols listed.


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While many MS Office users prefer Outlook, the best free option for most general users is Thunderbird. It is a free and open source email client from Mozilla, the company that develops the Firefox browser. However, users also have the option to choose from a bunch of other apps that offer different options for different use cases. Any of these can be set as the default email client in Windows 11, which means users don’t have to be stuck with Microsoft’s Mail app if they’d rather use something else.

Windows 11 brings a whole host of useful new features that make it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. Changes include but not limited to a redesigned Start menu, updated file explorer, Android app support, improved widgets, advanced gesture controls, ARM emulation, and more. Microsoft further claims that Windows 11 is also faster and more secure than Windows 10, although there are still some bugs and annoyances that the company needs to iron out to improve the user experience.


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Source: How-To Geek

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