Send as attachment from Office Applications

I had a weird thing happen and thought I would post to help others with the solution.

I have Office installed but I do not use Outlook as my mail program, I use Mail and Calendars which is set as the default Mail program.

When I selected Share as an attachment, it kept bringing up Outlook. I asked on the Microsoft support site and received the following:


It could be that the Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar option is turned on in your Outlook application. Here’s how to check if the option is enabled:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. On the File tab, choose Options General.
  3. Under Start up options, select the Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar check box.
  4. Click OK.

After turning off the option, attempt if you are able to send an attachment using Mail via an Office application.

If you need further assistance, feel free to ask us.


so to fix this problem, it meant I had to install and configure outlook in order to uncheck the Start-up options. This meant configuring for my MSA, searching for how to do an application password which I need to do once per app and never again.

This is crazy – Office applications should honor the default mail app selection. I rue the day I might have to remotely talk my 90 something parents through these procedures.


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