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How to set or restore your default browser in Windows 10

Jonathan Riggall

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When you upgrade to Windows 10, you may find that your default browser has been changed to Microsoft Edge. There’s nothing wrong with Edge, and we’re certainly happy to see the back of Internet Explorer, but no one likes a computer overriding our choices. That’s a bit ‘I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that’.

Luckily Windows 10 isn’t really HAL 9000, as far as we know, and you can actually set or restore your default browser of choice. Here’s how:

How to set or restore your default browser in Windows 10

1: Open your favorite browser. We’re going with Firefox. When you open Firefox for the first time, it will ask you if you wish to make it your default browser. However, in Windows 10, this dialogue is not the end of the story. To get started, click ‘Use Firefox as my default browser.’

2: Windows 10 will now open the default apps setting screen. You need to scroll down this list until you get to Web Browser.

3: Click the Microsoft Edge icon.

4: A new screen will appear with all your installed browsers. Choose the one you want.

5: Your default browser is now set, and you will see it displayed as below.

There are many reasons to love Windows 10, as it’s a big improvement over 8. But adding extra steps for choosing default apps is not one of them. Any additional clicks required to perform a task make it less likely people will bother, so it’s hard not to see this as Microsoft sneakily trying to get people to stick with Edge as their browser.

Check out our full Windows 10 coverage.

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