The Windows 10 operating system includes a new web browsing application called Microsoft Edge. Edge is designed to replace Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s previous browser, and compete with the industry leaders like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. When you install Windows 10 or upgrade to it for the first time, Microsoft Edge will automatically be set as your default web browser. This means that all hyperlinks that you click on, both from emails and other locations, will open in the Edge application. Follow the steps below to change this setting and set a different default browser in Windows 10.
Step 1: Log on to your Windows 10 computer with your personal account. Keep in mind that each user on your PC can have a different default browser on their profile.
Step 2: Open the Start menu in the lower-left corner of the screen and click on the gear icon to open the “Settings” window.
Step 3: Click on the “Apps” category icon.
Step 4: Go to the “Default apps” tab on the left side of the window. This will displays a list of all the app types that support a default setting, which includes your browser, email tool, and photo viewer.
Step 5: Scroll down to the “Web browser” section of the window. The icon and name of your current default browser will be displayed.
Step 6: Click on the icon of your current default browser and then choose a new application from the pop-up list that appears. This list should include any web browser you have previously installed, including popular applications like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
When setting a new default web browser in Windows 10, you also have the ability to click the “Look for an app in the Store” button to download a different application through the Windows Store. In addition, you can click the “Reset” button at the bottom of the window to set your default application choices back to the standard options. More information on default applications in Windows 10 can be found in the Microsoft knowledge website.