How to Open Outlook Emails in a Web Browser?

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat | Updated On - 24 Dec 2021 |

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It is known and accepted that MS Outlook is one of the most popular email clients. This is so because of the technically advanced features provided by Outlook. However, the older versions of Outlook still are a bit traditional. These versions use HTML and, due to that, end up with an incomplete display of some emails. Also, there are many other reasons a user may want to open an email in a web browser. In this blog, we are going to guide you through how you can open an email in a web browser.

Why does it Become Necessary to Open an Email in a Web Browser?

The older versions of Outlook don’t display many advanced kinds of things that an email may contain. These things may be GIF, Flash animations, advanced CSS formatting, etc. So, in such a case, the user would need to open the whole email in a web browser.

Another reason to open an email in a web browser may be the printing requirements. If you open an email with a web browser, you can print the emails with the help of printing options available in a browser. This way, you can print an email as you wish to do it, without any restrictions.

Also, you need not install an independent PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and access your PDF files. You can simply open them on your web browser.

How to Open an Email in a Web Browser?

Now, as we have discussed why and when a user may need to open an email with a web browser, let’s now discuss how one can do it. Well, as Outlook is quite a smart program, it identifies the rendering issues related to an email. Hence, if Outlook can’t read some of the components of the emails, it will suggest you open that email in the web browser. The notification that will pop up is “If there are problems with how this message is displayed, click here to view it in a web browser.” So, in this case, you can open the email in the web browser by clicking on the “Click here” option. But, if it is not the case with you, you will need to do it manually. Here we are going to mention the process of the same. Keep reading.

  • Outlook 2016/2019, and Outlook for Microsoft 365
    1. Start Outlook and double-click the email you want to open in the web browser.
    2. On the Ribbon, go to Move group, and select More Move Actions > View in Browser.Select More Move Actions
    3. Note: In simplified ribbon, expand three dots and click Actions > Actions > View in the browser.
      Action for View in Browser

  • In Outlook 2010 and 2013To open the Outlook 2010 and 2013 emails in the web browser, follow the below-mentioned steps:
    1. Start Outlook and go to the email you want to open in the web browser.
    2. Once the email is opened on the screen, click on the Actions menu and select View in Browser from the drop-down menu.
    3. Once you click on the View in Browser button, your email will be displayed on the web browser.
  • In Outlook 2007To open an email in the 2007 version of Outlook in the web browser, follow the below-mentioned steps:
    1. Start Outlook on your system and go to the email you want to display.
    2. Once you are on the email you want to open, click on the Other Actions menu from the toolbar.
    3. Now, from the drop-down menu of Other Actions, select the View in Browser option.
    4. Now, your email will be displayed on the web browser.

How to Set a Default Web Browser to Open the Email?

Well, as we all know that a user may have minimum 2 to 5 web browsers on their system, users may like to do some particular activities with a particular web browser. So, if you want to open your emails with a specific web browser, we are going to guide you. If you want to open emails in Internet Explorer, you can skip this process, as it is the default web browser for that purpose. But, if you want to use some other web browser, here is the process to do that.

  1. Go to Control Panel option from the Start menu.Go to Control Panel
  2. In Control Panel, go to the Appearance and Personalization option.Appearance and Personalization
  3. Now, on the left pane, select Programs.Select Programs
  4. Select Default Programs from there.Select Default Programs
  5. In the Choose the program that Windows uses by default window, select Set your default programs option.Choose the program
  6. After doing that, you will need to wait for the process to finish.wait for the loading process
  7. Now, you will get a list of the programs on the left pane. Now, select your desired web browser from there. Let’s say Google Chrome.Select Google Chrome
  8. Click on the Set this program as default option that you will see at the bottom of the screen. Once done, click on OK to finish.Set this program as default

Once you have followed all the steps mentioned above, you can now open the emails in your desired browser without doing it manually. Your emails will be automatically opened in the specified browser. So, this was all about how to open an email in a web browser. Now, what if you save your Outlook emails as HTML files?

For such scenarios we would suggest you use Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. It saves emails in HTML, MHTML, EML, MSG, TXT, RTF formats. You can also search and find specific emails and save them to these formats. This PST file repair tool fixes broken corrupt and damaged PST files in just a few clicks. Also, you can use this tool for PST conversion, migration and for recovering deleted emails.


In this blog, we have discussed why it is necessary to open an Outlook email in a web browser and how one can do it. After providing a step-by-step guide to open Outlook emails in a web browser, we also discussed how to make your favourite browser the default web browser to open all those Outlook emails. Finally, we suggested a way to save Outlook emails as HTML files. Hope this blog was helpful. Have a great time.