How to Change the Email Default in MS Word 2007


Microsoft Word users can email their finished documents to other people using the "Send" command from the Office button. Once a user clicks on "Send" and makes a selection such as "Email as Attachment," Microsoft Word will process the document to the default email program set up for the computer. If the default email program is not correctly set up then unexpected results will occur. Before sending a Word document from MS Word, users must set up the default email application through a Windows Utility. The instructions below are written for Windows 7.

Change Email Defaults for Any MS Office Program.

  • Click on the Windows Start button in the task bar.

  • Click on "Default Programs." Click on "Set Your Default Programs."

  • Click on the email program in the Programs list. Use the scroll bar if needed to find your email program.

  • Click on "Set this program as default." Click "OK."

  • Click the red X in the upper right hand corner to close the Default Programs menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using a Web email client, such as Gmail or Yahoo, you may need to install the associated toolbar before the email client will appear in the default programs list.

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