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I have both Safari and Mail installed - ever since a fresh OSX Lion install. Also, I have never removed or reinstalled them or messed around with them. So this "error" message is quite a surprise to me.

An email message can’t be created because Safari can’t find an email application.

How do I fix this?

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In Terminal, does open -a Mail work? – lhf Jul 3 '12 at 12:21
@lhf Yes. opens. – gentmatt Jul 3 '12 at 13:14
up vote 4 down vote accepted

You should use the Preferences > General > Default email reader pop-up menu:

ScreenShot of Preferences

If this doesn't work:

  • Select a different mail client
  • Close Preferences
  • Reopen Preferences and re-select
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Thanks for the reply. I have set 5.2 as the default Email reader already. – gentmatt Jul 3 '12 at 13:15
But you didn't indicate that in your original posting, gentmatt, or I wouldn't have suggest this solution! – IconDaemon Jul 3 '12 at 13:53
Have you gone back to Preferences, selected any another client, closed & reopened Preferences, then re-reset it to – IconDaemon Jul 3 '12 at 14:01
Buya! That's it! Thank you and please add this info to your answer. ;) – gentmatt Jul 3 '12 at 14:08

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