How to set default browser – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge

All of us have our favorite web browser, which we are very loyal to and prefer to use it for connection to the Internet. Windows 10 ships with Microsoft Edge as the default. While it is a good browser, some of you may want to switch to an alternative browser. So today in this post we will see you how can set Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Edge as your default browser in Windows 10/8/7.

How to set default browser on Windows PC

If you are using Windows 7/8/10, you will be able to see defaults for all your programs including web browsers from the Control Panel. You will get the settings here – Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Default Programs.

default-programs-control-panel

If you are a Windows 10 user, you can set your default browser or programs via Settings > System > Default apps.

default programs settings

You can also set your default browsers via the browser’s setting itself.

Set Chrome as default browser

make chrome default browser

Click on the 3-lined icon in the top left to open Chrome settings. Click on the Make Google Chrome the default browser button and do the needful.

Make Firefox your default browser

firefox as default browser

If you are a Firefox user, click on the 3-lined icon in the top left to open Firefox settings. Under the General section, you will have to press the Make Default button. You may also select the checkbox against Always check if Firefox is your default browser, if you wish. This is helpful if any program tries to change your defaults.

Set Internet Explorer as default browser

How to set default browser

Click on the Tools button and select Internet Options. Under the Programs tab, you will have to click on the Make Internet Explorer the default browser link to proceed.

Make Edge your default browser

edge as default browser

If you want to go back to using Edge browser, click on the 3-dotted settings link to open Settings.  Click on the Change my default button and proceed as required.

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.