Monday, January 13, 2020

What Determines the Default Browser When You Click a URL?

This should be easy to find.  It isn't.  Here.

10 comments:

Hank Archer said...

It must be in system setting somewhere.

You can open the browser that you want to be the default and make it so in that browser's settings, but I don't know where Windows stores the default.

StormCchaser said...

For one thing, it depends on your OS- Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux.

Not everyone runs Windoze. I don't except when I have to, because MacOS is far superior (for one thing, it's Unix underneath).

takirks said...

Shouldn't that be Default Programs under Settings?

Paul Sand said...

For Windows, I'd recommend googling "windows default browser registry key"

tkc said...

In Windows10 Settings > Apps > Default Apps. Go to the browser setting and pick the one you want.

Sigivald said...

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028606/windows-10-change-your-default-browser

I don't think that's all that hard to find, really.

Might just be that it's VERY different from the old "this is in internet settings!" way.

More unified and has fine internal logic, but different.

jdege said...

Settings ==> Apps ==> Default apps ==> Web browser

Rick C said...

Don't try to set it in the Registry, because that's the wrong way to do it, and it won't work under Windows 10 anyway. (Microsoft now detects that kind of thing and reverts it, because apps were too aggressive in changing default applications without asking the user.)

As a couple of commenters mentioned, the right way to do it in Windows 10 is via the Settings app.

Paul Sand said...

Apologies, but Clayton didn't ask how to change the default browser; he asked for what determines it.

Rick C said...

What determines it is user action in the Settings application.