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Published: June 2, 2016 | Applies to:

While sending files via context menu in Windows 10, if you get "There is no email program associated to perform the requested action" error, fix it here.

Today I found a strange error on a Windows 10 system regarding default email client. Actually, when I right clicked a picture file/image in the File Explorer and opted Send To > Mail Recipient, the error message comes into play:

There is no email program associated to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Defaults Programs control panel.

There Is No Email Program Associated To Perform The Requested Action In Windows 10

The machine on which I faced this error already had an email client installed and that was was Outlook app (part of Microsoft Office suite). But still the system fails to recognize it and thrown this error message. If you’re also having this similar problem with your Windows 10, you can try the steps mentioned below and resolve it for yourself.

FIX : There Is No Email Program Associated To Perform The Requested Action In Windows 10

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Microsoft Outlook

There Is No Email Program Associated To Perform The Requested Action In Windows 10

3. In the left pane of above shown window, right click over Microsoft Outlook key and select Delete. Provide the confirmation to erase the key by selecting Yes here:

There Is No Email Program Associated To Perform The Requested Action In Windows 10

4. Now open Settings app and go to System > Default apps. In the right pane of the window, scroll down and look for Email heading. Click on the app name next to it and under Choose an app, select Mail as the default email client.

There Is No Email Program Associated To Perform The Requested Action In Windows 10

You may restart your machine to make changes effective. After rebooting the system, the error doesn’t occurs.

That’s it!


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3 Comments

  • I followed the steps you provided and I am still getting the message. I verified that there us no Outlook entry in the registry. Any ideas?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try removing other keys under Mail registry key. See if it helps.

  • removed all keys but issue still coming.is any other way?

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