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Microsoft Windows XP Secrets and Tips by Zac

Zac is one-half of the team that brings the Village to you.
He has become the county's Microsoft Windows XP resident guru, and will be sharing some of his hard-earned knowledge with us all.

His column is updated every weekday, or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

How can I set the default email program?

The system registry maintains a list of email programs under the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail registry subkey.

You can configure any one of these programs to be the default application for sending and reading email by performing the following steps:

1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) options dialog box (go to IE, click Tools, then select Internet Options).

2. Select the Programs tab.

3. Click on the E-mail drop-down box, select the preferred default application, then click OK.

Be aware that changing this value also modifies the
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command value to reflect the new client.

Because the IE value modifies HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, the default mail application you select is set on a machine basis, not on a per-user basis.

As a result, you can't establish a different default mail application for multiple users on a single instance of Windows.

If you log on as a regular user (i.e., non-Administrator) and change the default mail application, Windows will ignore your changes.

If you log on as an Administrator and change the default mail application, your changes will affect all users on that system.

You can create user-based shortcuts on the Start menu, Quick Launch bar, and desktop to make it easier for users to open a preferred email client.

However, programs that use Messaging API (MAPI) calls, mailto: links, and "Send Page by E-Mail" in IE will still use the default mail application that you set for the machine.

Do you have some Microsoft Windows XP tips or secrets to share or have a question?

You can Write to Zac!.

Include your first initial and last name and put the word WINDOWS XP in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

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