Windows Default Browser
An informal poll of our readers made it abundantly clear to me that most people tend to have multiple browsers installed on their PC. While each one boasts their own unique pros, everyone has their favorite go-to option.
Whenever you select a link in an email, click on a shortcut to a URL or perform any other action that causes a browser to launch, Windows will automatically open the default option. If you've never modified this setting, the default browser is most likely Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
If the "blue E" is not your everyday browser of choice, or if you've inadvertently designated another browser as the default, changing this setting is fairly simple but varies by application. In this tutorial we show you how to make many popular browsers the default option in Windows 7.x, 8.x or 10.x. Some browsers may prompt you to make them the default browser immediately upon launch, depending on their current configuration. These scenarios are not covered in the tutorial as, when they occur, are self-explanatory.
To set Google Chrome as your default Windows browser, take the following steps.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Click on the Chrome menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right hand corner of the browser window.
- When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option. Please note that you can also access Chrome's settings interface by entering the following shortcut command in the browser's Omnibox, also known as the address bar: chrome://settings
- Scroll down, if necessary, until you locate the Default browser section.
- Click on the button labeled Make Google Chrome the default browser, circled in the example above.
To set Mozilla Firefox as your default Windows browser, take the following steps.
- Open your Firefox browser.
- Click on the Firefox menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right hand corner of the browser window.
- When the pop-out menu appears, select Options.
- Firefox's Options dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the General icon, if necessary.
- The first section in the General tab, labeled Startup and highlighted in the example above, contains settings related to your default browser. Select the Make Firefox My Default Browser button.