Fix: None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient.

So I am a huge fan of these odd ball issues. When one of my users called me telling me they couldn’t send a “few” messages to people I told the helpdesk I was going to look into it myself.

They got this NDR back:

“None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient.”


Now I have never seen that error before, and what really got my interest was there was no x.x.x error code. This lead me to think it was a local issue with the client.

Some Google searching lead me to think it had to do with missing message connectors (like fax, etc..) but this user didn’t have any of that.

Some times it really helps to just talk to the end user. After speaking to her we discovered this only happened when clicking a mailto: hyperlink from a forwarded email down in the thread.


When I went back to my desk I noticed that my FROM: tags were not hyperlinked like the ones from my user.

After comparing the differences I finally noticed that she had the plug-in installed. What it is doing is actually sending outlook a email type of “MAILTO” instead of SMTP.

After pressing ALT+K you can double click the resolved address and see what the email type is. If its set to MAILTO it will not work. You can however press the internet type button and it will change it to SMTP (which will allow it to send).


So there is no real solution right now, I am going to check with enterprise support but I have a feeling they wont do anything about it. After showing the end user what not to do and showing how to correct it she was happy enough with the solution.

If you find the same problem or any other add-on causing this please let me know so I can add it to the list.

UPDATE: Thanks to Andrew down there in the comments Outlook 2007 has been patched by MS:

UPDATE 2: Thanks to Tom, we now know MS is hopefully rolling out a patch for Outlook 2010 sometime this month (fingers crossed).

UPDATE 3: I just saw there might be a fix for 2010 you can test out this hotfix from MS. If it works let me know in the comments: or possibly

43 Replies to “Fix: None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient.”

  1. Ive got a user with the exact same issue just discovered today. we dont have plug in.

    tried again in outlook safe mode without any add-ins and the problem continues. it might be an outlook thing, but can’t find a setting to tell outlook to not set it as mailto ??

  2. I also have a customer with the same issue – i am thinking somthing has been installed which has messed up the default behaviour of mailto links.

    1. I have a customer with the same problem. The customer uses a terminal server (2003 server) with Office 2007. The problem only exist on this server, not on the other clients. It seems that the problem appeared for the first time not long after installing Windows and Office updates. We don’t use any plugins. Has someone a tip or solution?

  3. dealing with this too – i think it may be an incorrect setting under options and then international options. my user had some weird choise in there, changed to western european (iso) . seems to be ok now.

  4. I had the same issue. I had to format my computer and reloaded the backup of my outlook 2007 pst file. Since then, if I use my address book to send a message to one of my contacts then it will not go. I then have to type in the recipients email address again and it goes. What I therefore need is a formatting option to go through all my contact email addresses and somehow change the settings. Any thoughts please?

  5. We have the same issue. We are using the workaround to change the Email type from Mailto to SMTP. I noticed on another computer their is no “mailto: _@_” Just wondering if I can change the settings on incoming mail messages to not add the “mailto”, as then there would be no mailto link to click on in the first place. It would just show the email address without the mailto, which works just fine.

  6. Nice! This was exactly the problem we were seeing with one user. We haven’t determined where his few MAILTO addresses came from, but he knows how to fix the problem. It looks like once the address is switched to SMTP, the NK2 cache saves that type. Great post!

  7. I installed the hot fix Microsoft supplied at this link, It did not work for me. I am running Outlook 2010 SP1 on Windows 7 Pro SP1. Did it work for anybody else?

    Over the last couple of weeks, I have seen the “None of your e-mail accounts could send to this recipient” error for various reasons. Sometimes the users were clicking the “mailto:” link but most of the time, they receive this error even while manually typing in the e-mail address. For this instance of the issue, I have successfully resolve it by reinstalling outlook. Once I uninstalled outlook, I went into the appdata folder and renamed the outlook folders to .old.

    I am not sure why this issue is happening though.

    1. I have been having this issue in Wondows7 with Outlook for many months. I deleted the autocomplete cache by running the command
      “Outlook.exe /CleanAutoCompleteCache” but the problem bame back a few months later. Sure looks like a hardy bug

  8. I am trying to push the 2597052 hotfix via SCCM. Even after an hour of it “running” is has not finished. I assume this is because I am trying to run this suppressed so that the users do not see it, but there is a “prompt” to accept some sort of EULA. Is there a switch or a way around this? This is crucial since we have a lot of users with the associate Outlook 2010 problem. Please help!

  9. i went to my outlook settings by clicking on file and then options, which brings the new window and select the Mail, under send messages i unchecked the Automatic name checking, and Use Auto-Complete list to suggest names

    this fix the problem for me…..

  10. Just tried the 2010 word hotfix but it didn’t resolve the problem. I still have some emails that users can hover over an email address and it will show
    Click to follow link
    But it’s not all emails that it does it. I’m wondering if text or richtext are ok and it’s just html?? Will do more testing soon.

  11. in Outlook 2010, if I hit Alt+K to resolve an address, I can’t then double click to get Email Properties – I just get a Lync contact card. This fix of getting rid of the cached address which had mailto: in it and manuallly typing the address did work though – so the problem is solved as far as the user is concerned (he wasn’t clicking the mailto: hyperlink, but he was copying and pasting, which essentially copied the MAILTO: format. anyone know how i view E-mail Properties in Outlook 2010?

    1. @Emily,

      Double click the email itself
      Go to “File” Tab
      Then click “Properties” button

      Just seen this site so I might be a little delayed here but for reference to others who need to kow how to do this.

  12. your are brilliant. it work for me. the old address (cache) in outlook using ‘MAIL TO’. once i changed to ‘SMTP’ its work

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