Windows 10 is packed with new features, notably Microsoft’s new web browser Edge. As well as a fresh new look, Edge has fancy options such as reader mode and web notes – but it’s not for everyone.

If Edge is the default browser for Windows 10, it will automatically open any internet links you click.

It’s also attached to the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. If you’re not happy with the new web browser, you can always download another one online or even revert back to Internet Explorer 11. But to ensure your alternative browser handles all your web activity, you will have to change the default settings as explained below.

[Read more: Get started with Microsoft Edge — the new Windows 10 web browser]

Changing the default web browser on Microsoft Edge

From the Start menu, click on Settings.

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A new windows will open. Click on the System icon.

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

On the next page, click Default apps along the left hand menu.

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Scroll down until you see the Web browser header and you will see Microsoft Edge listed.

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Click it and a smaller box will appear, where you can chose your preferred browser app.

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Is Microsoft Edge still the default?

Some users have reported that Edge returns as the default web browser once they restart.

If this occurs, try opening the web browser and setting it as default from there. See how for each web browser below:

Make Google Chrome the default web browser on Windows 10

3 line menu > Settings > click the Make Google Chrome the default browser button under the 'Default browser' header.

Make Firefox the default web browser on Windows 10

3 line menu > Options > Click the Make Default button.

Make Internet Explorer 11 the default web browser on Windows 10

Settings cog > Internet options > Programs tab > Make Internet Explorer the default browser. Find Internet Explorer from the list  and click Set this program as default.

Read more: Windows 10 Creators Update: Discover more about the new features coming to Microsoft Edge later this year.

Adding your preferred browser to the taskbar

Most users like to access their browser from the taskbar at the bottom of their screen. To attach your new browser, type the name in the Start menu search box.

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Your browser should appear on the top of the list. Right click it and click Pin to taskbar. You can also attach it to the Start menu too, by clicking Pin to Start.

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If you want to get rid of Microsoft Edge from the taskbar, right click it and click Unpin this program from taskbar.

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Don't forget, there's also a BT optimised version of Internet Explorer 11 which you can download here.

Are you using Microsoft Edge or do you prefer something else? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Article updated on 17/03/2017

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