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BrowserTraySwitch is a free utility for all versions of Windows that makes switching your default web browser quick and easy. Install BrowserTraySwitch by double-clicking on the .exe file you have downloaded (see the link at the end of the article).
The BrowserTraySwitch icon displays in the system tray as the icon for the current default browser.
To add a browser to the menu, open the browser and turn on the setting that makes that browser your default browser.
On the Settings tab that displays, click the Make Google Chrome my default browser button under Default browser. The following dialog box displays from BrowserTraySwitch asking you to save the registry file for the browser you just made your default browser.
Once you save the registry file, the BrowserTraySwitch menu pops up and the newly added browser is automatically selected as the default browser. Depending on the settings, the browser may ask you if you want to make that browser the default browser when you open the program. The names for the browsers on the menu are determined by the file names for the registry files. NOTE: You can also change a menu item’s name by selecting Save current default browser as from the menu to resave the registry file for that browser.
You can remove browsers from the menu simply by selecting Manage browser config files from the menu again and deleting the registry file for the browser you want to remove. Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site.
The Mac defaults to using Safari as the default web browser, but what if you prefer to use Google’s Chrome web browser instead?
That’s all there is to it, now Chrome is the new default, and all links from emails, apps, and elsehwere will open in Chrome rather than Safari or Firefox. For what it’s worth, you can usually set the default browser to whatever you want via the given browser apps preferences, and that goes for Firefox and Opera too.


This tip was inspired by a friend, who called me last night frantic that suddenly Safari had become the default web browser on her Mac again, presumably the change was caused by a software update but nonetheless they were very annoyed since they prefer Chrome and couldn’t figure out how to set it back. I have a question, do you know if there is an app or option that makes certain programs open links in certain specific browsers.
There is one plugin I know for Firefox, but I am not aware of other plugins which do the same for e.g. Microsoft Edge, the default browser for Windows 10 is not as feature-rich as I expected it to be.
This might not be important for regular computer users, but for the avid users who often download large files and programs on their Windows 10 PC need to change their default download location.
In this post, we will learn about how to edit the settings manually and change the default download folder location in Microsoft Edge browser of your Windows 10 PC.
There is very easy way to change the download location in Microsoft Edge is via Properties of the Download folder in your PC. While Microsoft is continuously working on their browser Edge and updating it to improve your browsing experience and may get an option of changing download location in the Settings of the finished product, you can use these methods if you don’t really want to wait.
Shiwangi is a qualified writer and a blogger, who loves to dabble with and write about computers.
Each browser has useful features that are not available in the other browsers, so, you may need to switch browsers to take advantage of certain features. However, if you’re opening an HTML file or clicking a link in another program, the browser set as your default browser will open the file or webpage. It sits in the system tray and allows you to change the default browser by selecting one from the BrowserTraySwitch popup menu. The first time you run the program, it detects the current default browser and asks you to save the registry file for that browser. However, once you save the file with a new name, you will have two files for that browser and both will display on the menu until you delete one.
If all else fails, you can always just set the default web browser in Mac OS X through Safari (yes, you use Safari to set the general default browser, even if you choose not to use Safari as the default). If you find yourself in this situation, just follow the instructions and you’ll be back to Chrome in no time at all. Accordingly, iOS users who want to have Chrome as the default browser will need to wait until that becomes an option, and get in the habit of launching the Chrome app directly. Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox!
The latter slows down, has no reliable add-blocker, and no development plugins that I could find.


I had to switch from Firefox to Chrome after Firefox started becoming too buggy, and was generally happy with Chrome’s performance.
While there can be multiple browser installed on Windows PC but there can be only one default browser.
While the browser is fast, secure and use new technology, it does not allow you to do several things, one of which is to be able to change the download location of files.
Right click on the Downloads in the left pane of your File Explorer, and select Properties.
While focusing on and writing on technology topics, her varied skills and experience enables her to write on any topics which may interest her. Normally, to set a browser as the default browser, you must change a setting in that browser. With that in mind, here is how to switch OS X to use Chrome as your full time default web browser, meaning all links opened or clicked from third party apps will open in Chrome rather than Safari.
The only thing I didn’t figure out was how to get Chrome to open as my default browser.
Any website url opened from external programs like Word document will open in the default browser. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended. BrowserTraySwitch makes changes to the registry to change the default browser, so it creates a backup of the relevant registry settings before making these changes.
To change the name of a registry file, right-click on the BrowserTraySwitch icon and select Manage browser config files from the menu.
Although the effect would be the same, here, changing the path can affect your other applications download location too. So, if you have multiple browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer – make sure to select either one as default browser. Also, you can change default browser anytime using procedure explained below.Set Google Chrome as default web browser1. Open Internet Explorer browser, click on Gear button at upper right and then click Internet Options. This will open pop-up box showing all option settings of the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.2.



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