How to change the default browser in Outlook?

Have you ever noticed that when you clicking the hyperlinks in an Outlook email message, the web pages are automatically opened with your default browser? For some users, they prefer to open the web pages in other browsers, such as Firefox, Google rather than your default browser. This tutorial will show you how to change the default browser to the one you prefer in Outlook.

Change the default browser with changing the default program setting in your computer


Change the default browser with changing the default program setting in your computer

You can change the Outlook default browser by changing the default program settings in your computer.

1. In Windows 10, please right-click the Start button in the computer, and choose Control Panel from the context menu, see screenshot:

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1. In Windows 7, click Start button, and then choose Control Panel, see screenshot:

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2. In the Control Panel window, click Programs option, see screenshot:

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3. And then go on clicking Default Programs option in the Programs window, see screenshot:

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4. In the Default Programs window, please click Set your default programs option, see screenshot:

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5. In the popping up Set Default Programs window, specify one browser you want to use from the Programs list box, and then click Set this program as default option in the right section, see screenshot:

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6. Then click OK to close the windows, from now on, when clicking the hyperlink in Outlook, it will be opened with the browser you have specified.

Note: The changed browser will be applied on the computer.


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    Bob's Guest · 2 months ago
    I reset to edge. now i am edging all day long.
    I don't read comments on articles without a date or using a guest account.
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    Bob · 2 months ago
    I don't read comments that use anonymous or guest accounts. Please use a name on your comments
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    Guest · 2 months ago
    I don't read articles that don't have a date on them. Please use dates on your articles.
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    Bojan · 3 months ago
    I manage to overcome this.
    I first change the Default program to Edge. Restart Outlook and it browse me to Edge.

    Then I change it to Firefox, restarted Outlook and now it opens in Firefox.

    I'll see if restart my laptop will reset this.
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    Win7Outlook2010 · 9 months ago
    Outlook still opens old rotten IE 11.
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      Todd Vlk · 3 months ago
      BEST / EASIEST WORKAROUND: Right-click the image (in email body) and select 'open-hyperlink'. It will then use the your chosen default browser (instead of "old rotten IE" lol)
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    Win 7 with Outlook 2 · 9 months ago
    Outlook still opens old rotten IE 11.
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    Chris Fletcher · 1 years ago
    Chrome is already set as the default browser and Outlook still opens links with IE
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      richard · 3 months ago
      Same for me, this solution does not work for W10.
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      Christian de Bellefe · 9 months ago
      same for me. This is complete bullshit. Chrome is already the default browser on my PC but Microsoft don't give a shit. I'm using Windows 10 Pro. And it's not the only place where Microsoft act like this. When you are on the lock screen, there's a picture with a description. If you click on the description to get more details about the picture, after you typed the password, it open Edge! Microsoft should be sued for that.
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    Matt Landes · 1 years ago
    This was a perfect fix. Thanks so much!
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    Jerome Kreifels · 1 years ago
    Thank you! Been trying to do this for a month and finally found your site. Have shut down twice and it held the change. I have bookmarked your site and will sign up.
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    neha · 1 years ago
    It worked!! thank you :)
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    Computer User · 1 years ago
    It's work by changing the defaul browser in computer system.
    Thanks vm.
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    Pa · 1 years ago
    Windows 7. Outlook 2010 opens broken images in IE instead of Firefox. I don't want to ever use IE if that's possible.
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    Mike · 1 years ago
    Windows 10 + Chrome: I envy the ones that figured that out. I had to do dig deep and ended up with a non-pro solution. I disabled the Internet Explorer 11 (under Windows's Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off). Yet, now "My" Outlook says it needs a program to open ".mht" files when I click on "open in browser". Ok, easy. I associate the extention with it. -> Ouch! They say Chrome does not support that so I had to install an extention called IE Tab. After all that I need to click on "open in browser", then click on "use Chrome to open .mht -> OK" and then to click on "IE Tab Icon" to reload the nonsence into an actual web page. LOL to that.

    01 I tried to change default browser-> I already have that. Geez, I grew up on Windows since 95
    02 I tried to change default program by file type -> Chrome doesn't support .mht and W10 doesn't associate it with it
    03 I tried to change default program by protocol -> It is set to Chrome, yet -> 02
    04 I tried to change defaults by app -> 02

    I bet registry change wouldn't help. I also tried to use firefox but it seems it has the same issue with the .mht files. Other solution is to find an app in Windows Store but I guess none of us wants that.
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    Cici · 2 years ago
    This worked perfectly thanks
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    Caleb · 2 years ago
    Worked for me; thanks!
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    Vanderdecken · 2 years ago
    This solution doesn't work in Windows 10.


    I solved it opening configuration to set default programs by protocol, and assigning firefox (in my case) to http and https protocols
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    Polina · 2 years ago
    Same. Doesn't change Outlook 2010 from opening IE. Bad advice.
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    robert.frank.2.2.2@gmail.com · 2 years ago
    As others have stated, this procedure DOESN'T fix the issue of Explorer being the browser that opens from Outlook (for instance, when an email doesn't download properly and I choose "view it in a web browser") but also messes up all other associations. After following the instructions under "Changing The Default Program Setting In Your Computer", I had to redo associations for PDFs and for Email / Calendar, as I show in the image.


    At first I thought @devilish2o was a little harsh, but I end up agreeing - you should be fired.
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    Worked · 2 years ago
    This worked for me
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    Nopety Nope · 2 years ago
    Yeah. I'm with everyone else. This didn't work at all.
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    What the heck · 2 years ago
    Nope! that shuts down my outlook completely! thanks for not :(
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    Dick Fingers · 3 years ago
    Way to suck
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    devilish2o · 3 years ago
    Misleading article... you should be fired!
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    Mike · 3 years ago
    This did not work. Outlook (2010) still opens messages in IE.
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    Kathy Hsu Wibberly · 3 years ago
    My default browser is Chrome, but Outlook insists on opening everything in Explorer. Can't stand it. How do I make it stop?
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    Roel · 3 years ago
    Outlook 2016 does not listen to that! I thought Microsoft was becoming less evil but not the Outlook / Office team I suppose....
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    Copper · 3 years ago
    All of a sudden if you want to open an Outlook 2016 email in a browser, it only opens in Explorer not default browser--in my case Chrome.
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    Nope · 3 years ago
    I am using Outlook 2016. My default browser is Google Chrome. But Outlook is using Internet Explorer
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    raj · 4 years ago
    Hello,
    You're changing the default program for the whole OS/User, I just want a default browser for Outlook only, as the title says.

    Your foot note has a different relation with your title.
    Note: Through the above two methods, not only the browser in Outlook but in the computer has been modified.
    vs
    How to change the default browser in Outlook?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Glory Law · 5 years ago
    Instruction to change browser default
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    Mark Ackley · 6 years ago
    Directions to change default browser