How To Change Default Browser in Outlook?

Outlook comes preloaded with Internet Explorer as its default web browser. Microsoft has recently announced that it will begin supporting Firefox and Chrome browsers by default from October 2017 onwards.

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How to set the default browser in Outlook?

Did you know that when you click on hyperlinks in an Outlook email message received in your inbox, the web pages automatically open in your default browser?

What would be the default browsers?

I personally use 3 browsers on my computer system: Firefox, Chrome, and Edge, once I click on the hyperlink it will open up in the default browser. But in case I don’t want to use Chrome to open those links, I can easily change that.

This guide will teach you how to make the browser you like best the default one in Outlook.

Using Windows 7, 10, or 11, the changing default browser setting are almost similar: Let’s walk me through and understand the step-by-step method to set the default browser in Windows 11.

  • Right-click on the start button.
  • Type control panel in the search bar.

What would be the default browsers

  • From the Control Panel window, click the Programs option:

Program control panel outlook

  • Now click on the Default Programs option:

Default program option outlook

  • In the Default Programs window, click the Set your default programs option:

set as default program outlook

  • In the popping up Set Default Programs window, By default apps are selected, from the left pane section.
  • Type Chrome or a related browser name in the search bar and you will find your required browser icon.

How To Change Default Browser in Outlook

  • That will open up the list of the files which are by default opened up by browsers.
  • You’re hyperlinked in Outlook message is directly related to HTTP or HTTPS, select HTTPS, for instance, click on Google chrome.

HTTP outlook

  • You can select a different browser like Microsoft Edge, and click ok.

Select Browser Outlook

Close all windows, from now onwards, when clicking the hyperlink in Outlook, it will be opened with the browser you have specified.

The above method is directly related to your window setting, no matter you are having Outlook 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019, or Outlook 365.

Why are hyperlinks not working in Outlook?

Hyperlinks will not work in Outlook because Outlook does not support them, and the default browser is not registered (properly) in your operating system.

Final Words

In summary, If you follow the steps in this article, you will be able to change the default browser in Outlook, quickly and easily.

The browser in Microsoft Outlook has become the default setting for users. This browser only supports Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, and Safari.

So if you need to change the default browser, you need to click in the Default web browser field, and then select another browser.

To change Internet Explorer settings, you can click the General tab, and then go to the Use the following type of default browser drop-down list, and select Microsoft Edge.

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