Setting your AOL Desktop software as your default email client for Windows

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Setting your AOL Desktop software as your default email client for Windows

Hey there! If you’re looking to set your AOL Desktop software as your default email client, you've come to the right place! With the AOL Desktop software as your default email client, any time you click on an email address to send an email, or use any other mail-related functions on your PC, your AOL Desktop software will open. The instructions below will help you change the settings on your PC to the default AOL Mail settings. Click on your operating system below to get started.

IMPORTANT: If you experience any issues with the instructions below, we strongly recommend you upgrade your AOL Desktop software to the latest version. For more information on how to do so, please see our help article Upgrading your AOL Desktop software.

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Windows 7 / Vista

1. Click Start.

2. Type “default programs” in the Search box and hit Enter.

3. Click Set your default programs.

4. Select AOL Desktop on the left-hand side.

5. At the bottom of the screen, click Choose defaults for this program

6. Check the Select All check box.

7. Click Save. You’re all set! Your AOL Desktop software will now be set as your default email client.


Windows 98 / 2000 / XP

1. Click Start.

2. Click Control Panel. For Windows XP users: If you’re in Category View, click Switch to Classic View.

3. Double-click Internet Options.

4. Click the Programs tab.

5. Select AOL Desktop software (e.g., AOL Desktop 9.6, AOL 9.0 VR) from the E-mail drop-down.  

6. Click OK. Your AOL Desktop software will now be set as your default email client.



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Last updated: 03-27-2014
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