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.


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, 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.


  1. Thomas Beling

    We have lots of users been unable to set Chrome as default browser. They don’t see Chrome in the Windows settings menu after the anniversary update of Windows 10 and making Chrome the default browser from the Chrome settings just don’t work. I’m going to think that this is a Windows issue. Do you have any advice for those users?

  2. You are right, even I did not see Chrome offered. But you can set it as default here:
    Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsDefault ProgramsSet Default Programs

  3. Thomas Beling

    OK, will suggest that path, but I think they already looked up all possible options.

  4. Alberto Gorin

    chrome is default browser on this desktop

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