How to Make Outlook Default Email on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Sure! Here’s an in-depth tutorial on how to make Outlook the default email client on Mac:

If you’re tired of using the default Mail app on your Mac and prefer Microsoft Outlook for managing your emails, you can make it the default email client. This means that whenever you click on an email link or want to send an email, it will automatically open in Outlook instead of Mail.

Step 1: Open ‘Mail’ Preferences

To get started, open the ‘Mail’ preferences on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting ‘System Preferences’. In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the ‘Mail’ icon.

Step 2: Choose ‘Microsoft Outlook’ as Default Email App

Once you’re in the Mail preferences window, click on the dropdown menu next to “Default email reader”. This dropdown menu lists all available email clients installed on your Mac. Scroll through the list and select ‘Microsoft Outlook’.

Note: If you don’t see Microsoft Outlook in the list, make sure that you have it installed on your Mac. You can download it from Microsoft’s official website if needed.

Step 3: Confirm Your Selection

After selecting ‘Microsoft Outlook’ as the default email reader, close the Mail preferences window. Your changes will be saved automatically.

To test if Outlook is now set as your default email client, simply click on any email link (e.g., an email address hyperlink) within a web browser or any other application. Instead of opening Mail, it should now open up a new message window in Outlook.

Troubleshooting Tips

If for some reason, clicking on an email link still opens up Mail or any other email client, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Outlook installed on your Mac.
  • Restart your Mac to ensure the changes take effect.
  • If the issue persists, go back to the Mail preferences and select a different email reader, such as ‘Mail’, and then switch back to ‘Microsoft Outlook’.

By following these steps, you can easily make Microsoft Outlook your default email client on your Mac. Enjoy using Outlook for all your email needs!


In this tutorial, we learned how to make Outlook the default email client on a Mac. We walked through the steps of opening ‘Mail’ preferences, selecting ‘Microsoft Outlook’ as the default email app, and confirming our selection.

We also provided troubleshooting tips in case any issues arise. Now you can enjoy seamless email management with Microsoft Outlook on your Mac!

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