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Changing Your Default Browser
by kp

The default browser for your PC can easily be changed through the browser options menu.

In Internet Explorer 6 or 7, go to Tools -> Internet Options. Or, you can use the Control Panel -> Internet Options to get to this menu. From here, select the Programs tab and at the bottom, click "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser." Click Apply and OK. Restart IE and a prompt window will appear to ask if you want to set IE as your default browser. Click Yes to confirm and un-check the "Always perform this check when starting Internet Explorer."

For Mozilla Firefox, go to Tools -> Options, select the Main secion then select "Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup." To verify that Firefox is set as the default, click on the Check Now button to confirm.

On the Mac, Safari is normally the default browser, but you can change this to Firefox with just a couple of steps. First, start Firefox, then go to Firefox -> Preferences -> General. Under Default Browser, check "Firefox should check to see if it is the default browser when starting." You can also verify this by clicking the Check Now button.

To switch back to Safari, go to Safari -> Preferences -> General. In the drop down menu for Default Web Browser, select Safari, then close the menu.

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