How To Change Default MailTo Behavior in Windows 8

A mailto behavior is to define how Windows handles a mailto link, mostly on the web pages, when it’s clicked. The default behavior can change every time when a new program gets installed into your system. It’s usually handled through the default mail application installed on your computer but you can change it to use different method.

In Windows 8, it’s by default set to use the native Mail Windows 8 app but here is how you can change it.

1. Open Control Panel. You can do so easily press Win+X, and select Control Panel from power user menu that pops up.

2.  Click Programs, and choose “Make a file type always open in a specific program”

Change Default Programs

3. In the next Window, find and highlight MailTo item from the long list of extensions. You should be able to locate it at near the bottom of the list.

Change Default Programs - MailTo

4. Double click and pick one from the “metro style” popup.

Change Default Programs - MailTo - popup

5. Pick one from the list and Close. You are all set.

Change Default Programs - MailTo - popup - done

Note that this process is mainly for Windows 8. Though it’s pretty similar to Windows 7, I would suggest that you check out this post if you want to do the same on a Windows 7 computer.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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Herpderp84
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Herpderp84
3 years 8 months ago

Great article. This helped fix my issue. Thanks.

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Windows 8
3 years 2 months ago

Under control panelprogramsdefault programsset associations

I do not have a Mailto protocol listed

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3 years 2 months ago

Thanks

Tewa
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Tewa
2 years 11 months ago

This is excellent. Well written and easy to follow (with the screen shots)! Fixed the issue in 1 minute.Thanks a lot.

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jj
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks! Well written 🙂

TC
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2 years 4 months ago

Any way to avoid the trainwreck that is Metro! Thanks so much for the help!

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khushboo
2 years 3 months ago

hey thx a lot, its saves my much time 🙂

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