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How To Set Internet Explorer As Your Main Browser

Quick Tutorial: How To Set IE As The Default

If you have been using an “alternative” web browser (such as Firefox or Chrome), but now that IE 9 is out, you want to switch back.. and you want Internet Explorer to be the one that opens automatically when you click on hyperlinks, etc., you need to set it as what is called the “default” browser. Here are the steps to do so in Vista and Windows 7.

To make Internet Explorer your default web browser:

1) Click the Start button, then click Control Panel, then click Network and Internet, and then click Internet Options.

2) Click the Programs tab, and then click the Make default button.

progs_tab

3) OK, and then close Internet Explorer.

Okay. That’s it. You’re done.

You can still use your other (installed) web browsers – simply open them – but Internet Explorer will be the one that your machine goes to first. And, you can always change your mind and make some other browser your “default” at some future date.

Friday Fun:

Today’s quote: Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

Today’s free download: MailWasher allows you to preview multiple accounts and all aspects of your e-mails before you download them. It also allows you to delete and bounce e-mails back to the originator. The sender will receive an e-mail saying the address was unknown. Another feature helps identify and mark e-mail as normal, virus, possibly virus, possibly spam, probably spam, chain letter, and blacklisted, so you can deal with the e-mail as you wish. Other features are comprehensive customizable filters, use of MAPS RBL to identify spammers, multiple accounts, visual and auditory notification of new e-mail, minimization to system tray, and much more. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, GMail, Hotmail and every other email program..

Limitations: Will only monitor one email account. A Pro Version is available without restrictions.

Today’s reading reco: Google’s Blogger outage makes the case against a cloud-only strategy

“The same week that Google made its strongest pitch ever for putting your entire business online, one of its flagship services has failed spectacularly. There’s a lesson here.”

(I find that hilarious..)

Just because:


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May 13, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, free software, how to, IE 9, Internet, Microsoft, PC, performance, spam and junk mail, tech, troubleshooting, tweaks, Vista, Windows, Windows 7 | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Yah… I still like Internet Explorer even though I use Firefox. Does this procedure work with Windows XP?

    …the Friday fun IS FUN and entertaining!

    Gaia

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    Comment by Gaia | May 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Yes, it works the same way in XP, but you get to the Internet Options via slightly different routes:
      Start > Control Panel > Internet Options
      or
      Open Internet Explorer > click on the Tools menu > then click Internet Options.
      (Also, the “Default web browser” button is lower down on the Programs tab page design.)

      The Friday Fun was a bit different, and not really appropriate for a Tech Tip site.
      But it made me smile.

      Like

      Comment by techpaul | May 14, 2011 | Reply


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