Change default Email app???

Discussion in 'macOS' started by markcres, May 10, 2006.

  1. markcres macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2006
    Southport, UK
    Hi Folks,

    I would like some help from a kind person please....

    Novell have finally brought out an Intel-Tiger compatible Groupwise client (which I use for my email and calendar etc... as it is the system used at my workplace)

    How can I change the default settings in OS X for my Email App - so that when I go to FILE -> Send To.. (mail recipient) in MS Word... or in Pages, PAGES -> Services -> Mail.. it allows me to at least choose (or preferably defaults to) my groupwise App ???

    I cannot get the MAC built-in Mail App to Receive AND send emails from the Groupwise server... and I do prefer the Groupwiuse client for calendar access etc....

    Many many thanks......

  2. eji macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2004
    Inland Empire
    Google result for query: "set default e-mail client, OS X"

    "If you are like me, you probably prefer to use an email application other than Apple’s Mail on your Mac. This tip will show you how to change the system setting that tells the Mac OS what email application to use as your default.

    Why would you need to change the default email application in Mac OS X? Well, for starters, it makes it possible to click a link to an email address in your Web browser and create a new email message using your preferred email client. In addition, other applications ask the Mac OS what application they should use when they need access to an email client, for whatever reason. If you want to make your life easier, change the system setting that controls all this, so you aren’t frustrated when the time comes.

    To change the default mail client, you will need to launch Apple’s Mail application. Once it’s running, click Mail -> Preferences, and then click the “General” tab. Click the popup menu labeled “Default Email Reader”, and select the email application that you prefer to use. If the app you want isn’t in the list, you can try searching for it by selecting “Select…” from the menu. This will bring up a dialog where you can select the application from your Applications folder. Once you are done, close Mail Preferences, and then you can close Mail.

    This is all fairly easy, but I dislike the idea that I should have to go into an Apple application to set system-wide defaults such as this one. This tip will work in both Panther and Tiger (OS X 10.3 and 10.4, respectively), but earlier versions used a preference panel in System Preferences to set the default email app."
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    1) Open Apple Mail
    2) Open Mail->Preferences
    3) Go to General
    4) The first item is "Default Mail Reader"
  4. markcres thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2006
    Southport, UK
    Sadly this cannot work - as the Mail app FORCES me to enter my mail account details (none of which actually work as my Groupwise server is not compatible with the POP, Imap or Exchange protocols) before it gives me access to the preferences part of the app (it remains "greyed" during the initial setup phase). Because I cannot get through the initial setup phase I cannot change the system-wide setting - the only other button I can click is cancel - which causes Mail to close.

    WHY ON EARTH can't Apple let me change the setting in System Preferences???
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Cannot work? Mail does not check your Groupwise server until you enter its URL into your account settings. You can setup any of your other accounts in Mail. Then you are free to use it to change your default email to whatever you want.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Out of curiosity...did your company DECIDE not to support IMAP or POP on your Groupwise server? Groupwise certainly does support those standards. Perhaps not perfectly...but by and large.

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