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Recently I was trying to figure out how do I set a default browser for Outlook if I want it to be different from the auto-programmed Internet Explorer. What if you prefer a different browser and would like these links to open in your favorite browser, Firefox for example? Here are a few ways to make this change.
Type “default programs” in the Start menu (bottom left of your screen) search box. This should bring up a screen that will let you select program defaults as well as default file types. You’ll want to set your favorite web browser as the default, which should force it to open your email links. If that still doesn’t work, select “Associate a file type or protocol with a program” and associate “”URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol” with your web browser of choice. Repeat for file types “HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy” and FTP.
- Open Explorer (any folder in Windows XP)
- Select Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types
- Click on an entry and type “URL” to jump down to the file type “URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol” (Extensions: None)
- Click Advanced -> Edit File Type -> Open -> Edit
- Clear the check (no check) for DDE and click OK
Repeat the above steps for file types “HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy” and FTP.
Browse to Firefox (orange button in top left corner) > Options > Advanced > General tab > check “Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup” (under the “System Defaults” section). You can also click the “Check Now” button to perform an immediate check. Finally, you can also visit Options > Applications to set application defaults for individual programs.
As one of our readers pointed out, a simpler method to set Firefox as your default browser is to open Firefox, then browse to Tools -> Options -> “Main” tab. At the bottom you’ll see an area labeled “System Defaults”. Click on the “Check Now” button. This will perform a check to see if Firefox is set to be your default browser. If it’s not, you’ll be given the option to make it the default.
If you still can’t get any of this to work, please comment below and we’ll do our best to help!