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  • Bears repeating: Don’t use Internet Explorer, and make some other browser your default

    Posted on October 5th, 2019 at 11:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Lots of angst floating around because of the latest, buggy patches, but the bottom line is clear:

    • Don’t use Internet Explorer
    • Make some other browser the default

    Several of you have asked how to make a different browser the default, and it’s easy.

    First, install the browser you want. I use Google Chrome most of the time, but if snooping makes your skin crawl, try Firefox or one of the zillions of alternatives. As part of the setup process, you’ll be able to make your new browser the default. Follow the instructions.

    If you already have the browser that you want to use as the default….

    In Windows 10:

    Click Start > Settings, pick Apps (on older versions of Win10, you need to choose System). On the left, click Default Apps. On the right, under Web browser, click on whatever Microsoft has chosen for you (for many of you it’ll be Microsoft Edge). In the Choose an App list, pick anything except Internet Explorer.

    You don’t need to click Save. Just “X” out of the dialog.

    In Windows 7:

    Click Start > Control Panel. Under Programs, click the link that says Default Programs. On the left, choose the browser you want to use. On the right, choose Set this program as default.

    In Windows 8.1:

    Click Start > Settings, pick Search and Apps. Click Default Programs. Click Set your default programs, choose your browser from the list, and click Set this program as default.

    There are many variations on the theme — most browsers have handy shortcuts, inside the browser, that let you change the default as a browser setting. But at its most rudimentary, those paths should get you there.