Default Browser

Posted: June 3, 2014

Double Click

Recently, I tacked an issue encountered on Google’s Chromecast and Chrome browser for Android products. I mentioned that users can, from time to time, test new browsers to find one that they like.


I added that it’s easy to change back, but I didn’t realize the comment would generate so much attention.


All windows computers come with Microsoft Internet Explorer as the default browser. Whether users rely on the browser, it should not be uninstalled. Though the process is difficult, if you somehow remove the Internet Explorer program, the computer will no longer function correctly, if at all, as IE is tied to other parts of the Microsoft operating system.


Other popular browsers, from 2012 to the present, include, in order of popularity, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera, according to W3Schools.com.


So, if you want to test Chrome instead of IE, visit google.com/ chrome. Click the download button and the application will begin to download.


Depending on your settings, it may ask if you want to run the application; click, “Yes.”


If you download the file, find it and double click to start the installation process.


If you chose to run the application, the installation screen will likely appear.


On this screen, you will be prompted as to whether you’d like to make Chrome the default browser. If you check the box, all links will open in Chrome, instead of IE, once the installation is complete.


Each of the other aforementioned browsers install in a similar fashion. All can be installed at the same time; however, you’ll still have to select a default.


Choosing a default browser is easy in Windows 7 and 8; it simply requires running a search.


In W7, click the start button and type, “default programs”; in W8 use the search feature and do the same. To search in W8, press the Windows key and tap the “S” key.


You may need to select “Set your default programs.” Once in the program screen, default applications will be listed on the left side. Find the current default browser and click it once. Then, click “Choose defaults for this program” and the default browser’s current setting will appear. To change it, choose the desired browser.


In Windows 7, it is sometimes easier to go into the Options of any browser and make it the default. This will work with Windows 8, too, with the exception of IE.

Contact Ron Doyle at ron@doubleclicks.info



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