Outlook Express not in mail program

  prince midas 17:49 14 Oct 2009

I have just updated Microsoft 2003 and it as put microsoft outlook as my mail program.
I set a shortcut to outlook express and I can now get mail through outlook express, but in my mail setting it is now blank.How do I put outlook express in as my default mail program.

  lotvic 18:07 14 Oct 2009

Open Outlook Express
Tools > Options > General tab and at the bottom 'This application is the default Mail handler' and click on [Make Default]

Start > 'Set Program Access and Defaults' > and within the menus set Outlook Express as the Default

  lotvic 18:09 14 Oct 2009

ps: you will have to reset OE as default each time you update Office as, as part of the office update it resets Outlook as the default. (What a nuisance)

  prince midas 10:01 15 Oct 2009

Outlook Express is still blank in the area using Internet Explorer 8.Do I have to alter something in the Internet Explorer panel as when I click on Mail nothing happens.I can get Express to work independently by adding a shortcut to Desktop but would prefer to work from Internet Exploere 8 panel.Have done as you stated with no luck.

  prince midas 10:22 15 Oct 2009

I have got the Email envelope up in internet Explorer 8 but it always goes to Microsoft Outlook.If I bring up Outlook Express from the Desktop Icon and alter Outlook Express to become my default,the envelope in explorer 8 does not work,how do I get it to work for outlook express.

  lotvic 10:45 15 Oct 2009

I have IE7, I would think IE8 is same way.
Internet Explorer > Tools > Options > Programs tab and it gives you a choice of Email programs to use.

  prince midas 12:42 15 Oct 2009

Lotvic,sorry but Int E8 is different to my original 7 which worked previously.
When you go into tools,progs etc you find the int8 email setting is for Microsoft outlook only and no way can I substitute outlook express.It just blanks out the email space and will not let you substitute outlook express.I just cannot find a way of inserting outlook express.
Hope someone can help.

  Sea Urchin 17:53 15 Oct 2009

There is a bug in IE8 with the Read Mail icon - this "fix" can also works for IE8.

click here

  lotvic 20:32 15 Oct 2009

Ahh, a bug in IE8, that explains it.
Thanks Sea Urchin.

  prince midas 10:26 16 Oct 2009

Sea Urchin,sorry it does not work as there is only outlook in the menu.
I have been told that the only way to get it to work is to uninstall outlook from word 2003 and start again.

  Sea Urchin 12:46 16 Oct 2009

OK try one or both of these options to insert OE into your drop-down list

click here

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