what will signing up for outlook express mail do ?

April 9, 2013 at 08:19:22
Specs: Windows 7
i have yahoo mail as my default and prefer to keep as such. often when i click onto "email this person" on a website it directs me to set up Outlook Express, which I do not want as my main mail -- can i set it up to use only in those rare times when I need it but not have it come up as my default mail?

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April 9, 2013 at 09:10:34
Outlook Express is just an email client. To be able to use it, you would have to enter all your Yahoo POP (Post Office Protocol) info into the settings.


If you don't want to do that, you'll have to download the Yahoo toolbar to be able to setup Yahoo as the default email for when you click on something in IE.


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April 9, 2013 at 14:40:35
I'm surprised that it's Outlook Express that is offered because it was last used for real in Windows 98 and XP. It was superseded by Windows Mail and then Windows LIve Mail.

It is quite possible to set up an email program as well as webmail but it will download all emails. There is always an option in the program for your emails to be retained at the server if you wish. Both webmail and an email program can co-exist fine. About everyone who has an email program also has webmail provided by their server - there are no clashes.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 10, 2013 at 16:46:54
What web browser are you using? You can adjust the application settings to choose the program (sometimes even webmail) that opens up when clicking a mail link on a website.

-In Firefox, go to Tools > Options > Applications tab > content type: mailto. Action: Use Yahoo mail. Upon clicking a mailto link now, Yahoo's email login page will load, then the Compose Mail window with the linked email address automatically appended. In the To box, remove the "mailto:" command.

Are you using the free version of Yahoo Mail or the paid Yahoo Mail Plus? Only the paid version supports email clients. Free users are limited to webmail (logging into the website).

Edit: @ Replies: The profile says Windows 7, but the post was in Windows XP.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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