A default program is one that is designated by the user or by another program to be used for a certain action. Internet Explorer allows you to select a default e-mail program to handle e-mail links. Once you have configured your software to make Yahoo! Webmail your default email program, clicking on an email address link will open the Webmail interface directly.

How to change the default e-mail program?

A common issue with Microsoft Internet Explorer is controlling the e-mail program used when you click on a mail address on a web page. If it’s not set correctly, you may get a “Can’t create object” error message. Thus, the easiest way to set the default e-mail program is to use the Internet applet in Control Panel or choose View | Internet Options in MSIE. On the Programs tab, select the program you want to use from the Mail list.

If you don’t see a change, even after restarting MSIE or restarting Windows, then you can make this change manually. In Windows Explorer, choose View | Options. On the File Types tab, you’ll need to edit the Open event for “URL:MailTo Protocol.” Sample entries are as follows, for different Microsoft e-mail programs:

Adjust the path to Mailnews.dll or Outlook.exe as needed to match your own system.

Internet Mail and News: rundll32.exe C:\Windows\System\Mailnews.dll,Mail_RunDLL

Outlook Express: “C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\Msimn.exe” /mailurl:%1

Windows Messaging or: rundll32.exe url.dll,MailToProtocolHandler “%1”
Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Outlook: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe” -c IPM.Note /m “%1”