Not keen on Microsoft Edge? Here’s how to change your default web browser on Windows 10

Microsoft Edge isn’t to everyone’s taste. Here’s how to change your default browser to Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox.

There's no doubting that Microsoft has put a lot of energy into its Internet Explorer replacement Edge, packing in all the latest features. But it's not for everyone.

Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10 and it's a little tricky to change it others such as Chrome and Firefox - or even Microsoft's old web browser, Internet Explorer. So if you'd prefer an alternative browser to Edge as your default, follow the steps below.

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

Changing the default web browser on Windows 10

From the Start menu, click on the settings cog.

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

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

On the next page, click Default apps along the left hand menu. Scroll down until you see the Web browser header and you will see Microsoft Edge listed.

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

 

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

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

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.

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.

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

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.

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

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

Changing the default browser on Windows 10

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

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