47. Add Read Mail Icon To IE 7.0 Toolbar
In previous versions of Internet Explorer there
has always been a Mail Icon situated on the main
toolbar. This Mail icon would open either Outlook
Express (now Windows Mail), Microsoft Outlook, or
whichever Mail client you designated as the default
mail client in the programs section of Internet
For Internet Explorer 7.0, the Mail icon was
deliberately left off the main toolbar in an effort
to reduce toolbar clutter and make everything nice
To incorporate the Mail Icon into the Internet
Explorer toolbar proceed as follows:
1/ Open Internet Explorer.
2/ Click the Tools option on the
Main toolbar and then, from the
drop down menu, click on
3/ In the Internet Options Window,
Click the Programs Tab.
4/ Once in the Programs tab
window, click the Set Programs
button in the Internet programs
5/ The Default Programs window
will now open.
6/ In the Default Programs Window,
Click the Set your default programs
7/ In the set Default Programs window,
Click on the Mail client you want
to use as default, i.e., Microsoft Outlook, Windows
8/ Once you have selected your Default
Mail client, Click the set this
Program as default option, and then Click
the OK button.
9/ You default mail client has now been set.
10/ Close all the open Windows
and return to Internet Explorer.
11/ Once back in Internet Explorer,
again Click the Tools option on the
main toolbar and, from the
drop down menu, Click the Toolbars
12/ Another drop down menu will
appear. From this menu, Click on the
13/ In the Customize Window look
at the list in the Available Toolbar Buttons
section and Click on the Read Mail
14/ Now press the Add button
located between the Available Toolbar Button
section and the Current toolbar button
15/ The read Mail option will now be added to the
Current Toolbar Button section.
16/ As it stands the Read Mail button
will still not be visible on the toolbar.
It is actually there, but you will need to click on
the > chevron to the right of the
screen to extend the toolbar menu.
17/ In order for you to make the read Mail icon
more prominent, highlight the
Read Mail option and then press the
Move Up button.
18/ If you want the read mail icon to be before
the Home button on the main
toolbar continue pressing the Move
Up button until the Read Mail
option is at the top of the list.
19/ Finally press the Close
button to shut down the Customize window.
20/ Your Read Mail icon should now be sitting on
the main toolbar.