How to set a Default Web Browser in Windows

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You can set your favorite browser as your default browser in Windows. Here’s how.

Set Default Browser right from the Browser

A lot of modern browsers prompt you to set them as your default browser (unless the setting is off). This is how it looks in Firefox.

If you are not notified by your browser, go to settings or preferences in the browser, there you’ll see the option to set it as your default browser.

Firefox: Click the menu button at the top right of the browser window (the three horizontal lines), and then choose the “Options” command. The default browser setting is at the top of the page.

Chrome: Click on the menu button in the top right corner (the three vertical dots), then choose “Settings”. Scroll down and you’ll see the “Default Browser” section.

Edge: At the top right, click the menu button (the three horizontal dots), then click on “Settings”. At the top of the next page you see, click the “Change My Default” button.

You can also set a default browser directly in the Windows settings. Though, there’s a difference in doing this between Windows 10 and Windows 7.

To set a Default Browser In Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can set the default browser (and the default for other apps) with the Settings app. Head to Settings, next, you click  Apps, and finally, Default Apps.

Click the button under the “Web Browser” section. The button is named by whatever browser is currently the default.

The list of all installed browsers appears. Click the one you want to set as your default browser.

The button changes to display the browser selected, after this you can close the Settings window.

From this time onward, when you click your links, your preffered browser will open.

To set a Default Browser in Windows 7

Setting the default browser is slightly different in Windows 7. Go to Control Panel and then, Default Programs.

On the Default Programs page, click the “Set your default programs” link.

There’s a long list of programs you can configure as default apps for different purposes. Here, you select the browser you want as default.

The pane by the right changes to show a description of the program. Click the “Set this program as default” link to set it as your default browser.

If you only wanted to set a default browser, stop at this point. However, if more granular control is what you want, click the second button to see the various defaults you can set for the program.

This window displays a list of extensions that can be associated with the browser. If you choose the less complicated “Set this program as default” option, Windows would associate all the listed extensions with that browser, then again on this window you can pick and choose.

Tick the boxes next to all the extensions and protocols you want to associate with the browser, or click the “Select All” box at the top of the list and then remove the ticks from the extensions you don’t want to associate. Click the “Save” button when you’re done.



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