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Microsoft may want you to use the Edge browser, but you don’t have to. In fact, only 20 per cent of all Windows 10 users choose Edge over other popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

In this article, we’ll show you how to replace Edge as the default browser. But first, let’s explain why we think this is a must-do for any PC user.

Why stop using Edge?

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There’s no doubt about it – the Edge browser is a significant improvement on Internet Explorer. But it’s not enough of an improvement to win out over other browsers.

Here are some of the top reasons you should stop using Edge.

  • As an Edge-user you have extremely limited access to browser extensions. Browser extensions – such as ad blockers and VPNs – are a great way to improve your web-browsing experience.
  • Your bookmark and history are difficult to find. These seemingly vital features are hidden under confusing icons. And once you do access them, simple tasks like creating folders and reorganising your bookmarks are not easy or intuitive.
  • The Edge browser is not as customisable as other leading browsers. For example, you can’t remove the Share icons on the top-right of the screen.


Even if the above reasons don’t really resonate with you, it’s still worth giving another browser a go. It’s free to install a new browser, and chances are, you’ll have a far better online experience.

How to replace Edge as the default browser

Follow the steps below to Change your default browser on Windows 10 from Edge to something else.

Step 1: Download and install the browser of your choice. This should be quick, easy, and free. If you’re not sure which browser to choose, check out Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, two of the leading browsers. If privacy is a concern, you might prefer Opera.

Step 2: Click the Windows 10 Start button. Select the Settings icon – it looks like a gear on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 3: In the Settings app, click Apps. Scroll to the bottom, and under the ‘Change app defaults’ header, click ‘Open Default app settings.’

Step 4: Scroll toward the bottom of the Default apps window. Under the ‘Web browser’ listing, click the Microsoft Edge icon. You’ll see a pop-up listing the browsers currently installed on your system.

Step 5: Click the browser that you’d like to make your default. A screen will appear asking you to stick with Edge. Click ‘Switch anyway.’

And you’re done. You have now changed your default browser.

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