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How to change default browser to Chrome

Search giant Google boasted that its Chrome software became the world's most popular Web browser in June 2012. Chrome achieved this despite only being released in 2008; years after the first versions of rival products such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox were unveiled. If you've been seduced by the latest version of Chrome, you'll probably be keen to make it your default browser. This will make any links you select in the future open automatically in your new browser of choice.

Download the latest version of Chrome from Google's website if you don't already have the browser on your device. Click on "Download Chrome" and check the tick-box labeled "Set Google Chrome as my default browser" at the beginning of the download process. Run through the installation instructions to get started.

Open Chrome and click on the "Menu" button on the far right of its toolbar if you already have the program but haven't made it your default web browser yet.

Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. A new tab will open. Scroll down to the bottom of this and select "Make Google Chrome my default browser" in the "Default browser" section. Any links you click on will now open in Chrome by default.

Tip

If you tire of Chrome, simply set another program as your device's default web browser. Check the website of the company that publishes your new browser of choice for instructions on how to go about this.

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About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.