The simple way to eliminate Outlook obnoxious behavior...is to uninstall it via Add/Remove Programs. Any part of MS Office can be uninstalled in this manner.
Unless walkingheart means Outlook Express instead of Outlook. Sometimes people say Outlook when they really mean OE.
OE is included with XP. If Outlook is removed, OE will open when a Mail To: link is clicked on. That's the nature of Mail To: links-an email client will open. If it's not configured to work with your email servers, you'll have to close it out and sign in to your webmail in order to send messages when you do click on Mail To: Whatever you do, you'll have an email client open when you use a Mail To link.
There is a work-around. If the email address you are using can be set up to work with OE, you can configure OE to send only. You'll need to enable this option when you set it up initially
if you don't want all your messages to be downloaded from your email server into the client. OR you set it up to keep a copy on the server. You'll have messages in OE and webmail. I'm not familiar with other email clients, but they also will give you these options.
If you choose to set up an email client using one of these options, let us know which program you want to use so we can give you instructions on how to do them when you configure it.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 07 December 2009 - 11:54 AM.