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How to Change Default Browser in Windows 10

Microsoft Edge comes as the default browser in Windows 10 operating system.  However, if you prefer to change the default browser to Google Chrome, Opera Mini,  or Mozilla Firefox, it is still possible.

The default browser for Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. Fortunately, you can change it to any other browser like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Waterfox, Opera Mini, or Internet Explorer. It just depends on which browser suits you best.

Also, the browser you choose is pre-determinant of the functions that you need. For example, certain extensions are only found in Google Chrome and not in Microsoft Edge. Therefore, check the pros and cons of each of the browsers before settling on one.

Here are some of the methods to use to change the default browser in Windows 10

1: Set In The Settings Interface

The first way is by changing the default browser through the settings interface. It is a straightforward method.

Step 1: On your keyboard, click the Windows icon button.

Step 2: On the next screen, on the left menu bar, click on “apps”.

Step 3: Once there, select “default apps”.

default apps

Step 4: Choose your most preferred web browser. In case it isn't installed yet, download it through the Microsoft Edge browser of the Microsoft store.

preferred web browser

You can stick to Microsoft Edge due to its great capabilities or choose another browser. Even if you change the default browser, you can still use the other browsers.

Method 2: Pin The Browser To The Taskbar

To avoid searching for your browser each time you boot your computer, you can pin it at the bottom of the taskbar.  Once there, you will need to click on it to run it.

Step 1: Search for the web browser. If you have a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on it, then click “pin to taskbar”.

pin to taskbar

Step 2: If the browser is not available as a shortcut on the desktop, look for it in your local disk C or your main disk. Navigate to “programs” and choose the browser eg Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Waterfox, etc

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application

Step 3: Right-click on the Microsoft Edge application.

Step 4: On the dropdown, select “pin to taskbar”.


Step 5: It will be easy to locate the browser from the taskbar.


Now you can locate your default browser at ease. You can add as many browsers as you want on the taskbar for more convenience.

Choose The Best Default Browser With the Most Functionalities

When the browser is easy to locate, it becomes easier to search on the internet. However, it would help to choose the most suitable browser for your device.

Also, you need to have the main browser that saves your passwords and the other one that guest users of your computer can use.

This is to prevent any unauthorized persons from accessing your data.  Therefore, it is recommended to have more than one browser on your computer for the safety of your data. Choose the most suitable browser for your device!