How do I set MS Internet Explorer as my default Web browser?
I downloaded Firefox and then found that it just wasn't for me. Hence, I deleted it. However, my shortcuts on my desktop now keep asking for Firefox when I try to open them. Did I not get it all off my machine and if not how do I go about getting rid of every trace of this browser?
This is a surprisingly common question for Windows users, and suggests that the Internet configuration is still a bit more complex than it should be. Fortunately, it's not terribly difficult to fix this problem.
Start up Internet Explorer, then go to Tools --> Internet Options, then click on the Programs tab. You'll see:
Notice the option at the bottom?
"Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser"
That's what you want. Check that, click "Apply", then quit out of Internet Explorer completely.
If you're lucky, when you restart the browser it'll ask you if you want to switch and have MSIE as the default browser for your computer, but I found that I had to actually reboot the compute entirely for the following option to pop up:
That'll give you the ability to fix what ails your computer and set thing so that the default browser for your shortcuts is Internet Explorer.
Hope that gets you going!
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