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How to Change Your Default Browser in Microsoft Outlook and Solve Hyperlink Issues

Posted: November 25, 2023

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Microsoft Outlook has received numerous user complaints concerning how the software deals with hyperlinks, particularly since the roll-out of Windows 11. Disregarding the preset default web browser, Outlook has been found to open such links repeatedly in Microsoft's in-house browser, Edge. This has not been received well by users. The issue usually arises when users click hyperlinks embedded within emails. Outlook insists on launching these links in Edge regardless of the user's preferred browser.

The Outlook Pop-Up on Browser Change

The periodic pop-up notification within Outlook adds to user frustration, suggesting that Edge be set as the default browser. Though Microsoft claims this pop-up is intended as a helpful user suggestion rather than a program setting change, many users take issue. Users with alternative browsers set as their preference find the pop-up unwelcome and unnecessary.

Advantages of Changing Default Outlook Browser

Changing the default browser in Outlook offers several advantages, mainly revolving around versatility and a more tailored user experience. Microsoft's forcing Edge to be the default browser often interferes with an individual user's choice of web browser.

Allowing the Use of Preferred Web Browser to Open Links in Outlook

Many users have a preferred web browser that they're comfortable with and trust over others. These users often customize their browsers with bookmark extensions and have a flow of operation that suits their browsing habits better. By allowing users to set their preferred browser as the default, email hyperlinks will open in a familiar environment, ensuring a seamless and personalized browsing experience.

Solving the Issue of Hyperlinks not Working in Outlook

Some users face an issue where email hyperlinks do not work because the default browser is not recognized or because of compatibility issues with Edge. By changing the default browser to one that works consistently and reliably, these users can ensure that they can effectively navigate to linked websites from emails. This reduces frustration and ensures that important content intended to be viewed is accessible to them.

Method 1: Changing Default Browser in Outlook Options

Windows 10 or Windows 11 users can follow a simple process to alter the default browser when clicking hyperlinks in Microsoft Outlook. This encompasses finding the correct setting within the Outlook application, manipulating the given options, and confirming these changes.

Opening Microsoft Outlook

Launching the application itself is the first step towards changing the default browser in Outlook. Start the Microsoft Outlook application directly or via the Start menu to escalate the process.

Selecting 'File' in the Toolbar > 'Options' in the Left Pane

Once you have Microsoft Outlook running, navigate to the 'File' tab in the top-left corner. Following this, select 'Options' from the drop-down menu. This will prompt a pop-up window with various Outlook configuration choices.

The Process in the Outlook Options Window

In the Outlook Options window, click 'Advanced' in the left panel. Scroll down until you spot the 'Link Handling' section. Under this category, you will find settings related to opening hyperlinks in Outlook. By default, you might see Microsoft Edge as the selected option.

Saving Changes to Use Preferred Browser

Finally, it's saving these changes that officially seals the decision. To shift from Microsoft Edge to your preferred browser, choose 'Default Browser' under 'Open hyperlinks from Outlook in.' Click 'OK' to confirm your adjustments. After implementing these changes, every time you click on a hyperlink, it will open in your system's default browser, providing you a smoother browsing experience.

Method 2: Changing the Default Browser in the Default App Settings

In addition to modifying Outlook settings, you can configure the default browser for Outlook from the Default App settings in Windows. This is necessary for older versions of Outlook, including 2013, 2010, and their predecessors. Here are the steps:

Accessing Settings from the Start Menu

The first step in the process is accessing the settings application. This can be achieved by clicking on the Start menu, usually located on the left of the taskbar, and selecting 'Settings' from the list of available applications.

Navigating to the Apps Panel and Clicking Default Apps

Once you've successfully opened Settings, look for the 'Apps' panel. Click on 'Apps' to proceed to the next step. Inside the 'Apps' section, look for 'Default apps' and select this option to proceed further.

Choosing Preferred Web Browser from the Apps List

Having selected 'Default apps,' you're faced with a list of applications, each representing a different type of media or file. Scroll down or search for your preferred browser from the list of options, then click on it to proceed with the changes.

Setting the Preferred Browser as Default for Opening Outlook 2013, 2010, or Older Versions Links on Windows 11

Once you've opened your chosen browser's settings in 'Default apps,' locate 'Set default' next to the phrase 'Make [browser-name] your default browser,' then click on it. This will finalize your preferred web browser as the default for opening links in Outlook.