How to make web links open in Firefox by default

If you have more than one web browser, your computer needs to know which browser to use by default. This article will show you how to make Firefox your default browser.

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

  2. Select the Advanced panel, click the General tab, and then click Check Now. Default - Win Default - Mac Default - Lin
  3. Select Yes to set Firefox as your default browser.

    Setting Firefox as Default (Linux-Ubuntu)

  4. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

  2. Select the Advanced panel, click the General tab, and then click Make Firefox the default browser.

    Default - Win - Fx15 Mac OSX - Advanced- General - Set Default - FF17 Default - Lin - Fx15
  3. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

  2. Select the Advanced panel, click the General tab, and then click Make Firefox the default browser. The Set Default Programs window will open.

    Default - Win8
  3. In the Set Default Programs window, select Firefox from the list of programs on the left and click Set this program as default. Then click OK to close the window.

    Default - Win8 pt 2
  4. Click OK to close the Options windowClick Close to close the Preferences windowClose the Preferences window
Note: MSN Messenger and other applications may open Internet Explorer regardless of which browser is the default. Also, Internet service providers like PeoplePC Online, Juno and NetZero may provide connection software that automatically launches Internet Explorer.


To set another browser as the default, use the settings in the browser you wish to be your default.




Based on information from Default browser (mozillaZine KB)



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