Do you prefer to use Firefox or Chrome on your computer, but links that you click keep opening in Internet Explorer? This might be happening because you need to set your default browser in Windows 7. Windows uses a set of default programs whenever you attempt to open a particular file type. Web browsers, however, are a particularly tricky type of program to set as the default, as many people will have and used multiple browsers on their computer, and many of these browsers will ask you to set them as the default when you install or update them.
Fortunately, however, you do have the ability to set your default Web browser by using a menu in the Control Panel. Our guide below will show you where to find that menu and how to set your preferred browser for future Web page link interactions.
How to Change the Default Browser in Windows 7
The steps below will show you how to change the Web browser that your Windows 7 computer uses by default. This means that any time you click a link to a Web page from within a program like Microsoft Word or Outlook, that link will open in the browser that you have set as the default.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Click Control Panel in the column at the right side of the Start menu.
Step 3: Click the green Programs link.
Step 4: Click the blue Set your default programs option.
Step 5: Click the Web browser that you would like to use as your default from the list at the left side of the window.
Step 6: Click the Set this program as default option.
You can then click the OK button to exit this window. The Web browser that you just selected will be the default browser in Windows 7 from now on, unless you change it again in the future. Note that some browsers have a habit of asking you if you would like to set them as the default when you open those browsers, so clicking that option would change your default browser again.
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