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Title:
Web Browsers: How to set or change your default web browser in Windows
Synopsis:
Windows: How to change your default browser on a Windows computer


Solution:

The following setting can be changed only if you have Administrator privileges on your computer. If you do not, contact the OIT Help Desk.


Change the default programs used in Windows 8

  • If not already in Desktop mode, enter it by tapping the Windows and the D key at the same time.
  • Move the mouse to the lower-right hand corner of the screen to activate the "Gadget" bar and select Settings (gear icon)
  • Select Control Panel
  • Select Programs
  • Select Default Programs
  • Click on Set your default programs
  • Locate and select the web browser you wish to set as your default from the list
  • With your choice selected, click on Set this program as default

  • Click OK to save your settings

Change the default programs used in Windows 7/Windows Vista
  • Click on the Start Button
  • Select Control Panel
  • Select Programs
  • Select Default Programs
  • Click on Set your default programs
  • Locate and select the web browser you wish to set as your default from the list
  • With your choice selected click on Set this program as default

  • Click OK to save your settings

To make Firefox your default browser
  • Open Firefox
  • From the Tools pull-down menu select Options
  • Click on the Advanced tab
  • In the area called System Defaults, click on the Check Now button.
  • If Firefox is not set to be your default browser, you wll be given the option to make it the default.

Last Updated:
January 28, 2013

Solution ID:
8645