Setting Your Default Web Browser in Windows 7

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When you are using your computer, there are many options for what web browser you would like to use. However, if you have a desktop shortcut to a link, or click on a link in an e-mail, it will automatically open in your default browser. For programs such as Colleague(Datatel), you must use Internet Explorer.

  1. Go to the start menu in the lower left hand side of the screen.
  2. Select All Programs
  3. Select Default Programs from the list of programs that displays.
  4. Click “Set Your Default Programs” at the top of the window.
  5. This will populate a list of all of the programs on your computer. It may take a few minutes to complete.
  6. On the left hand side under “Programs” select the web browser you would like to be your default browser.
  7. Then click “Set this program as deafult” at the bottom of the window.
  8. Click OK on the lower right hand side of the window.
  9. Your default web browser has been set and you can exit the Default Programs window.

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