Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting your default web browser, part of Up and Running with Internet Explorer.
- Internet Explorer comes bundled with Windows 8, which means that if you have a Windows computer, you have Internet Explorer all ready. Lots of people use Internet Explorer because it's the web browser that comes built into Windows. The current version, Internet Explorer 11, is not available on Mac. Though Internet Explorer comes bundled with Windows computers, you can easily install other browsers, including Firefox and Chrome. If you are installing other web browsers or if your IT department set up your computer to include other web browsers, then Internet Explorer might not be your default web browser and that's what I really want to talk about in this movie, setting your default web browser.
But first, what does this mean? What's the significance of the default web browser? I mean, if I have both Internet Explorer and Chrome on my computer, I can choose which one to use whenever I want, right? Well, take a look at this. I'm going to go into the Mail app here on my computer and I've got an email message here and there are some links inside of this email message. If I click on one of these links, it'll open up a webpage but which browser will it use? Will it open that link in Internet Explorer or will it open in Chrome? That's what the default web browser is all about.
If click on this link, it will open in my default web browser, which in my case is currently set to Chrome so the webpage opens up in Chrome. So when Chrome was installed on this computer, it was set up to be the default web browser but I want to show you how you can switch it so that Internet Explorer is the default and since Internet Explorer only runs on Windows, we're going to look at the settings for Windows only. I'm going to quit Chrome here and I want to get into my settings. If you're using a touch screen computer, you can swipe with your finger from the right edge of the screen or with a keyboard and mouse, you can point your mouse at the top right corner and these charms will appear.
I'm going to go into Settings then I'll go into Change PC Settings. From here, I'm going to go to Search and apps and I'm looking for the section labeled Defaults. And I can see which are the default applications for different activities on my computer. And currently, the default web browser is set to Google Chrome. If I want Internet Explorer to be the default web browser, I just click on this, I choose Internet Explorer, and now that's set. I'm going to quit my settings just by pointing my mouse at the top right corner and I'll click on the red X to close that.
So now, whenever I click on a link, whether it's in an email or in a document, or wherever, Internet Explorer will launch because Internet Explorer is my default web browser. Setting the default web browser is important but if you're working with Internet Explorer, it's extra important. That's because the tablet style interface for Internet Explorer will not work unless Internet Explorer is the default browser. Now this is something we're going to talk about in Chapter five so don't worry about that for now. But in that chapter, it will be important that Internet Explorer is set as a default browser or you won't see the same options that I see.
- Using tabs
- Setting the homepage
- Disabling the pop-up blocker
- Working with bookmarks
- Understanding cookies and the cache
- Saving passwords
- Browsing privately
- Installing add-ons
- Using the touch version of Internet Explorer