How to make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

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Microsoft Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10. Although Edge has its merits, it may not be the browser you want to use. The most used browser today is Google Chrome. Chances are therefore pretty good that you may want to change the default browser from Edge to Chrome. That is to say, for example, when you click a link in an email or document, you’d rather view the destination web page in Chrome instead of Edge.

When setting Chrome as the default web browser program, it will be used to open all file types that Chrome is able to open. In order to make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser, however, it must already be installed on your computer. If needed, you can download Chrome from Google’s Chrome web site.

Once the Chrome installation has completed, click the Start button, and choose Settings.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

Click the System icon.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

In the left navigation, click Default apps. Under Choose default apps, scroll down to Web browser. Click Choose a default to add a browser, or click the web browser that is already selected to change it.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

Scroll down the list of installed web browsers. Click on Chrome to set it as the new default web browser.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

If the change does not take effect, try logging into your computer as an administrator to modify the default web browser.

Set Default Programs from the Control Panel

Windows 10 also includes the Windows 7-style Control Panel. The Control Panel has the option to set default programs too. If you are unable to make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser from Settings, try setting it from the Control Panel instead. To launch the Control Panel, input Control Panel into the Windows search/Cortana box, then click Control Panel in the search results.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

When the Control Panel launches, navigate to Programs > Default Programs > Set Default Programs. Scroll down the alphabetical list of Programs, and select Google Chrome. Click Set this program as default. Advanced users can configure the specific file types they want Chrome to open by clicking Choose defaults for this program instead.

make Chrome the default Windows 10 browser

Finally, click the OK button to close the Control Panel window. Chrome is now your default Windows 10 browser.


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