How to customise Windows' defaults

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5. Change the default email for Office 365 users…

Your default Email app is set to Mail. If you want to change this to Outlook, then ensure you’ve installed Office on your PC. To install the latest version, go to and log in with your Microsoft account. 

Next, click the Install button, run the downloaded setup file and wait for it to finish. After installing, open Outlook and log into your account. Now return to the ‘Default apps’ settings and set your default Mail app to Outlook.

6. And for Gmail users

You can set Gmail as your default email. To do this, open Chrome (download and install it first if needed), go to and log in to your account.

Next, click the Protocol Handler icon (at the right of your browser bar). If you don’t see this icon, skip to the next step. Now select Allow, then click Finished. Click OK if you see a pop-up message on your screen. Now return to the ‘Default apps’ section, click your default email app (Mail) and select Google Chrome.

After doing that, open Chrome again, click the three lines at the top right, Settings, then scroll to the bottom and click ‘+Show advanced settings’.

In the Privacy section, click the ‘Content settings’ button. Now scroll to the Handlers section and click the ‘Manage handlers’ button. Click the ‘mailto’ dropdown menu, select ‘’, then click Finished twice. From now on, whenever you click an email address link, it’ll open within Gmail in Chrome, ready for you to write your email.

7. Change the default search engine

Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. If you prefer using another search engine (such as Google or DuckDuckGo), you can set it as the default.

Launch Edge, then open the website you want to set as your search engine. Now click the three dots at the top right, Settings at the bottom, then scroll to the bottom again and click the ‘View advanced settings’ button. Click the Change button below Bing. You’ll see the website you’re on in a list. Click to select it, then click ‘Set as default’.

8. Set your default printer and scanner

Ensure both devices are connected to your PC. Now open Settings, click Devices, then click ‘Printers & scanners’.

If your device isn’t listed, click the Refresh button and wait for the list to update. If there’s a device you no longer use, select it and click ‘Remove device’. Now select your printer and click ‘Set as default’. Repeat this to set your default scanner.

7. Set default actions for devices

We’ll now show you how to set default actions when you connect any device (such as a mobile phone, external hard drive, SSD, CD or DVD) to your PC. Open Settings, Devices, then click AutoPlay. Ensure the AutoPlay slider is turned on.

Next, click the ‘Removable device’ dropdown menu and choose what you want. We recommend ‘Open folder to view files (File Explorer)’. Next, click the ‘Memory card’ dropdown menu and select an action. Connect your phone or tablet to your PC to see its option appear within this list. Now select what you want to do when you connect it to your PC.

This article originally appeared at IT Pro.

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