Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting your default web browser, part of Learning the Microsoft Edge Browser.
- [Instructor] Microsoft Edge comes bundled with Windows 10, which means that if you're running any version of Windows 10 on your computer, you already have Edge installed on your system. Lots of people use Edge because it's the web browser that comes built into Windows, but you can easily install other browsers, like Firefox and Chrome. If you have other browsers installed on your computer, either that you yourself installed, or were installed by your IT department when they set up your computer, then Edge might not be your default web browser. Your default browser is the browser that opens automatically when you click web links in other applications.
For example, if you click a link a friend sends you in an email, the webpage will open in your default browser. Let's take a look at how to choose your default browser. I'm going to go to Settings here in Windows, and then into Apps, and Default apps. This is where you'll be able to find and set the default apps that open different types of files. And if I scroll down here, I'll find Web browser. Currently Google Chrome is the default browser on this computer. I'll click its name, and from this menu that appears, I can select any of the other installed browsers.
I'll choose Microsoft Edge and that's all there is to it. Incidentally, this is also where you can click this Reset button to reset all the file types listed here to their default apps. I'm going to leave that alone for now, though, and I'll close Settings. So now, whenever I click on a link, whether it's in an email or in a document, Microsoft Edge will launch because Edge is now my default web browser. Setting your default web browser is an important preference. If you prefer one browser over another, and most people do, it can be annoying to have a different browser open up automatically when you click a link.
But now we know how we can set up Windows to use our browser of choice when we click links. So whether you make this decision now or after you finish this course, make sure you go in and set your default to your preferred browser.
- Recall the shortcut to open a new tab.
- Recognize how search engines are detected and become options for a default search engine.
- Determine how to stop advertisements from appearing automatically when visiting a site.
- Identify the file extension for exported favorites.
- Recognize the characteristics of a secure website based on its URL.
- Explain how to open a new InPrivate window.