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How do I make Mozilla Firefox my default browser? I wanted to check it out first and now can't find how to change from IE to Firefox as default browser.

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Re: default web browser

The title doesn't say "default browser" but this is the article you want:

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Welcome to Firefox.

The Make Firefox your default browser article can help with this.

If the instructions above don't work, see the Setting Firefox as the default browser does not work - What to do article.

The getting started guide has a ton of information for new users :

New User

Re: default web browser

I've tried both of these steps, but when I click on a web link from an email, Explorer still opens up as my browser.

My issue is that the "Make Firefox the default browser" button does not appear in my Advanced/General Preferences settings. All I have is a box to check to make "Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser on startup. It also says "Firefox is currently your default browser," but it's only default on startup - not when I click on a link. Help?

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What e-mail program are you using?

Site Moderator

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P.S. As a test to see which browser is the default:

With Firefox closed, click on the Windows Start button, then type www.google.com into the search box and press enter.

Does Firefox open? If so, then it is your default browser.

New User

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I'm using Microsoft Outlook for Windows. The same happens when I link from word docs or other ways I get links.

New User

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I am using a Mac airbook that has Windows Parallels. Where is the Windows start button. Any other button comparable on a mac?

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Re: default web browser

chrisabarry, This thread was started by a user with Windows 7, which has the start button at the bottom left corner of the screen, on the Windows taskbar. I'm not familiar with Windows Parallels on a Mac airbook ...if it runs Windows 8 then I'n not the best person to help but you may be able to test the default browser by opening the Run box and entering a URL like www.google.com - see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zxue/archive/2012/03/07/win8-howto-12-show-and-use-run-command.aspx

Since I don't have access to a windows 8 cpmputer (I'm on Windows 7) you might be better off starting your own thread. You can use this link as a starting point: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/new