Want to change your web browser on a Windows computer? Read on for basic info about common browser options, setting your default browser, and migrating your favorite links.
Why Switch Browsers?
Web-browser selection often comes down to personal preference. Also, you might find that websites you regularly use work better in some browsers than others.
Software developers sometimes choose to end support for older browsers. For example, in early 2021, Microsoft announced that Office 365 would no longer support Internet Explorer 11, the last version of a once-standard browser replaced by Microsoft Edge.
Which Browsers are Available on University Computers?
Windows computers managed by the university typically have these browsers installed:
- Microsoft Edge Chromium (replaces older versions of Edge)
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox (non-health-care computers only)
All of these browsers are secure and fully support modern websites and web-based applications. Edge and Chrome are good options for all campus users. Firefox offers non-health-care users an additional option.
How Do I Set My Default Browser on a Windows Computer?
Setting your default browser tells your computer to open web pages using that application.
To set your default browser in Windows, go to Settings > Apps > Default Apps and scroll down to Web Browser. Then select your preferred browser from the browsers installed on your computer.
How do I set my homepage?
Please see this support article on how to set the homepage for your desired web browser.
How Do I Migrate My Favorite Links?
You can move favorites links you’ve bookmarked (and often other data you choose) from one browser to another.
Details vary by browser and/or your computer’s operating system. Generally speaking, you can migrate favorites by opening your new browser, going to its settings or file menu, and:
- Importing favorites directly from your old browser or
- Importing favorites from a file you’ve exported from your old browser
See support articles for the three typically available browsers to get specific instructions:
What Else Should I Consider When Changing Browsers?
Each browser lets you customize interface features and select the tools you want. You might choose to:
- Set your home page (i.e., the page that first appears when you open your browser)
- Set your default search engine (e.g., Google or Bing)
- Change privacy settings (e.g., to manage browser history or website cookies)
- Set your preferred languages
- Set default text size or other display options
- Sync browser data across devices
See support info for specific browsers to understand your options and make updates: