How to Make Outlook My Default Email on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of manually opening your email client every time you want to send an email on your Mac? If you’re an Outlook user, you can make it your default email client, so whenever you click on an email address, it automatically opens Outlook with a new message ready to go. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to make Outlook your default email on Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To start the process, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Choose Mail

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Mail” icon. This will open the Mail settings.

Step 3: Select Outlook as Default Email App

In the Mail settings, under the “Default email reader” section, you will see a dropdown menu. Click on it and select “Microsoft Outlook”.

Step 4: Confirm Your Selection

A pop-up window will appear asking if you are sure about changing your default email reader. Click on “Use Microsoft Outlook”.

Step 5: Test It Out

Your settings are now updated! To test if Outlook is indeed your default email client, simply click on any email address (e.g., in a web browser or document). Outlook should automatically open with a new message window containing the clicked email address pre-filled in the “To” field.


  • If you have multiple versions of Microsoft Office installed on your Mac, ensure that you have selected the correct version of Outlook as your default email client.
  • If you ever want to change your default email client back to the previous one or choose a different client altogether, you can follow the same steps and select the desired application from the dropdown menu in Step 3.

Congratulations! You have successfully made Outlook your default email client on your Mac. Now you can enjoy the convenience of quickly composing emails without having to manually open Outlook each time.

Remember, if you encounter any issues or have questions, consult the official documentation or reach out to Microsoft support for further assistance. Happy emailing!

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