Change default browser

What is the method to change the default web browser on your Windows-based computer?


Web browsers are programs which allow the user to interact with the Internet easily and safely. These are software programs, which are commonly used to locate and display the web pages. Most of the web browsers available now are graphical browsers which display text and graphics such as multimedia information, etc. The most common browsers are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape. These web browsers come with several features such as spell checker, download manager, search engine toolbar, bookmark managing, etc. Most of these web browsers come with various security features to protect our system against common Internet threats such as Malware, spyware, viruses, etc.


The method to change the default web browser on your Windows-based system are given below:




  • To set Internet Explorer as the default web browser

  • To set Netscape as the default web browser

  • To set Mozilla as the default web browser



To set Internet Explorer as the default web browser



In order to set Internet Explorer as the default web browser on a Windows-based operating system, open ‘Microsoft Internet Explorer’. Then select ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Internet Options’. Select the ‘Programs’ tab and check the box next to ‘Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default web browser’ and click ‘OK’. Close it and reopen the Internet Explorer. Now a window will appear asking you to set Internet Explorer as the default web browser. Click ‘OK’. Now you can use Internet Explorer as your default web browser.



To set Netscape as the default web browser



Netscape is one of the best web browsers available now. We can easily set Netscape as the default web browser on Windows operating system. Open Netscape and click on ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Preferences’. Click the triangle next to ‘Advanced’ category to expand it and choose ‘System’. In ‘Windows should use Netscape to open these file types’, check ‘HTML documents’. Then check ‘http’ and ‘https’ in ‘Windows should use Netscape to handle these protocols’. Also check the option ‘Alert me if other application changes the settings’. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.



To set Mozilla as the default web browser


Mozilla Firefox from Mozilla group can be easily set as your default web browser. In order to set it as the default web browser, open ‘Mozilla Firefox’ and select ‘Tools’ menu. Select ‘Internet Options’ and choose ‘Advanced’. Click on the ‘General’ tab and select ‘Check Now’. Now a window will appear asking whether you would like to set it as the default web browser. Click ‘Yes’. Now you can use Mozilla Firefox as the default web browser.




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