How Do You Edit Your Default Browser? Ask Dotto Tech #30

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This week’s question is from Sophie and it’s a good one!

Question: How do you edit/change your default browser?

Browsers are important, powerful tools. They do a lot of the crucial behind the scenes work to seamlessly interpret and display web pages.

Like with most apps, we’ve all got preferences. Some people swear by Chrome’s minimalist interface, others love Safari and there are still about 10 people left in the world who still believe Opera is the best browser ever made.

Most computers come preloaded with a standard browser– the kind you get depends on who owns your operating system.

Microsoft package the latest version of Internet Explorer (now Microsoft Edge) on any piece of hardware that runs Windows while Apple products make Safari your default browser.

Let’s take a look at how to avoid being like everyone else and set your favorite browser as your default.

Changing your default browser in OSX

If you’ve ever run anything in OSX you know that Apple is determined to try and make you use Safari.

To adjust your browser settings you have to:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click on Safari in your top menu and select Preferences
  3. Select Set Default and choose your browser

How to edit your browser settings in Windows

Windows 10 makes it pretty easy to change your browser settings.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select System Settings
  3. Click on Default Apps
  4. Scroll down to web browser and click on it
  5. Select any of your installed browsers as your default

Making document specific selections

Every browser has a very particular set of skills and you don’t have to commit to your default browser for everything.

By right clicking on each application, you can select the Open with option and pick what you’d like to open certain apps with.

That’s how you change your default browser in Windows 10 and OS.

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