Don’t like a Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser? You’re not alone. Only 20% of all Windows 10 users ran Edge as their categorical browser as of Aug 2017, down from 24% a year earlier, reports Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer.
Still, that’s a lot of people regulating a browser, and many of them competence run it usually given Microsoft has finished it a Windows 10 default. You competence be one of them. There’s no doubt Edge has been an alleviation over Internet Explorer. But it competence not be alleviation enough.
In this article, I’ll outline a reasons we competence wish to switch from Edge to Chrome, Firefox, Opera or another browser, and afterwards uncover how we can reinstate Edge with any browser of your choice as your default.
One final note before we dive in: Even if you’ve formerly set adult another browser to be your default, it competence have been altered given then. When there’s a vital Windows 10 upgrade, a ascent recommends switching to Edge, and we competence have inadvertently finished a switch.
Whatever a reason, though, if Edge is your Windows 10 browser, it’s easy to switch.
Why corner divided from Edge?
There are copiousness of reasons to pierce to a opposite browser. Start off with extensions — or some-more precisely, a miss of them. Edge was finally given prolongation support in Aug 2016, though even now a series of extensions is embarrassingly low — usually about 65 as we write this. (Head to Microsoft’s Extensions for Microsoft Edge page to see a stream list.) Chrome and Firefox any have thousands of extensions and add-ons. So if we wish to urge your browser with add-ons and extensions, Edge isn’t a approach to go.
If you’re a fan of Gmail, Edge isn’t a browser for you, either. Edge won’t arrangement Google Inbox, that is a distant some-more fit approach to conduct mail than a default Gmail interface.
Edge also has a series of ungainly or only plain uncanny behavioral quirks. Open a new tab, for example, and there’s no residence bar on it. To revisit or URL or do a search, we have to form them into a hunt box. But when you’re visiting a site, we use a residence bar. Speaking of a residence bar, it doesn’t uncover a custom being used on a web site, such as http or https. True, it shows a close idol for https sites, though it’s good to be means to see a whole residence including a protocol, rather than carrying to demeanour for a close icon.
Finally, we competence not wish to use Edge for cultured reasons. Not everybody is a fan of a stripped-down demeanour or a approach it handles bookmarks and your story list — they’re formidable to find, dark underneath hard-to-decipher icons in unusual places. And even when we get to them, it’s not during all transparent how to perform common tasks, such as adding folders or reorganizing Favorites.
How to appropriate another browser as your default
If we confirm we wish to switch to another browser as your default, it’s easy to do. You’ll need to initial implement a other browser on your system. After that’s done, click a Windows 10 Start symbol and click a Settings idol that appears on a left-hand side of a screen. (It looks like a small gear.) You can also form “settings” into a hunt box and click a Settings outcome that appears during a tip of a screen.
In a Settings app screen, you’ll take one of dual actions depending on what chronicle of Windows 10 you’re using. If you’ve upgraded to a Windows 10 Creators Update, that was expelled in Apr 2017, name Apps Default apps. If we haven’t nonetheless upgraded to a Windows 10 Creators Update, we won’t see an Apps idol on a Settings screen. Instead, name Settings System Default apps.
On a Default apps screen, you’ll see a default apps for email, maps, personification music, observation photos and videos, and more. To change a default browser, you’ll have to corkscrew down to a bottom of your screen.
When we get to a bottom of a screen, you’ll see Microsoft Edge underneath a “Web browser” listing. Click a Microsoft Edge idol and you’ll see a pop-up with a list of your commissioned browsers.
(Side note: The pop-up also has a “Look for an app in a Store” option, though if we click it, we won’t find Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other browser you’ve expected ever listened of. Clicking it launches a hunt of a Windows App Store for a tenure “http,” that turns adult a multi-coloured collection of apps, from record downloaders to an app that dims your Windows credentials to make it easier to perspective videos. There are also some little-known browsers listed, such as AeroBrowse and BlueSky Browser. Try them out if we like, though keep in mind that they’re Windows Store apps, and as a ubiquitous rule, Windows Store apps are underpowered compared to desktop apps like Chrome, Firefox and Opera.)
Click a browser that you’d like to be your default browser. As you’ll see when we click it, Microsoft doesn’t quite wish we to switch. A shade appears seeking we to stay with Edge.
Click “Switch anyway,” and your new browser will now be a default. No need to restart; your work is done.