The Microsoft Edge is a default browser pre-installed on the latest Windows OS.
To change the default browser on a Windows PC, navigate to Settings, select Apps, then Default Apps.
Find your desired browser from the installed application list and set it as default for each associated file type and protocol.
In this guide, we will help you to change the default browser app on your Windows computer. You can choose from the installed alternative browser app and set it as a new default to open web links.
Changing the Default browser app on Windows PC
As mentioned, the Windows OS defaults to its proprietary browser- Microsoft Edge. However, it also offers an option to choose from the list of browser apps installed on the system.
Here are the steps to change the browser app in Windows OS:
- Click on the Start menu and select the Settings option.
It will open the Windows System settings window.
- Switch to the Apps menu from the left sidebar and then select the Default apps in the right pane.
- Under the Set defaults for applications, search and select the desired browser (say, Firefox or Chrome) to open.
- Click the
The desired browser will be set as the default app.
button at the top.
Notice the change in the browser app for associated file type extensions. The HTML file will be set to the new default browser on Windows OS.
Using the Customize option, you can change file type association to any other application or the new default browser.
For example, most browsers, like Chrome, Edge, Opera, etc., have a built-in PDF viewer; hence, you can check the association of .pdf file to your desired browser.
After changing the default browser app on Windows, any link clicked on the Document or Excel will open the same browser.
The Windows OS offers the flexibility to choose any browser as a default. However, the browser has to be first installed on the system.
We have a good list of browsers compatible with Windows OS that you can refer to and make a choice. You can use browser apps like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc., instead of Edge browser for seamless browsing.
After setting a new default browser, all the links and pages will open in the same browser. You may customize to associate different file types to use the desired browser instead of the Edge browser.
Of course, Edge is a good choice for people who use Microsoft products and services. It makes sense for organizations that rely on Microsoft 365 services for their business needs to stick with Edge instead of any other browser.
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