Make Thunderbird the Default Mail Client
If Thunderbird is specified as your system's default email application, it will integrate with other applications (such as word processors and web browsers). For example, when you click an email address link (like "firstname.lastname@example.org") on a web page or invoke a mail function (such as "Send to") from a word processor, Thunderbird will launch and open a message composition window.
Unfortunately, there is a great deal of variability among operating systems and applications regarding how the default mail client is specified. If the suggestions on this page do not solve your problem, consult the specific application or operating system's documentation for instructions on how to set the default email client. Also, see the Default mail client article on the MozillaZine website for more tips.
Force Thunderbird to check if it is the default
Thunderbird can be configured to check if it is the operating system's default mail client each time it is started.
- Select Select Select .
- On the panel, select the tab.
- Make sure that "Always check to see if Thunderbird is the default mail client on startup" is checked.
- Click to check if Thunderbird is set as the default mail client immediately.
- If you want to set Thunderbird as the default client for e-mail, newsgroups or feeds, check the corresponding boxes and click OK. When a box is grayed out, Thunderbird is already set as the default client for that purpose.
- If you set Thunderbird to be the default mail client, other applications (such as your web browser or word processing application) may need to be restarted to be aware of the change.
Set Thunderbird as the operating system default
Various versions of Windows have various ways of configuring the default email application. In general, go to. In the Custom settings, configure Thunderbird as the default email application.
The instructions above for making Thunderbird check if it is the default email client should have configured the operating system preference. However, if it isn't working, you can set it manually as follows:
- Launch the default Mac OS X email application (called "Mail", located in the /Applications folder.)
- Select from the menu.
- On the tab, select "Thunderbird" from the Default email reader drop-down list.
- Close Mail.
Using Gnome as an example, go to
thunderbird %s (If Thunderbird is not in the system's PATH statement, specify the full path.)
Set Thunderbird as an application default
In some cases (such as Firefox on KDE Linux), the application doesn't check the operating system preferences to determine the default email application. When that is the case, you must set the default in the application itself. Refer to the application documentation for instructions.