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How to Set Internet Explorer 9 As Your Default Browser

Internet Explorer 9, set default browserMicrosoft’s latest release, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), is available for download.  If you are still using IE8 or *cringe* IE6, go get the update!  When installing IE9 you might have noticed something it did differently than your typical web browser, or rather, something it didn’t do.  Internet Explorer 9 never asked to be your default browser!  So, if you want to set it up as your default browser just follow the simple steps below.


Step 1

In IE9, Click the Gear (settings) button and Select Internet Options.

ie9 internet options

Step 2

The Internet Options window should now be open.  Click the Programs tab and then the Make default button.

ie9 programs make default browser


Now Internet Explorer 9 will be your default internet browser.  Keep in mind that if you had IE8 set as your default browser before upgrading, it likely carried over the preference for you automatically.

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3 Responses to How to Set Internet Explorer 9 As Your Default Browser

  1. Patrick Watkins July 13, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Please email and explain exactly what I have to do to make Internet explorer 9 my Default browser. Some how about 10 days ago I clicked or hit something that removed Internet Explorer as my default browser and started bringing up Bing. I need to know ASAP how to re-install Internet explorer as my default browser as it has been for years. Please help me. I am just a novice computer user.
    Patrick Watkins
    714 583-1004

    • Patrick Watkins July 13, 2011 at 5:31 am #

      How do I re-set Internet Explorer as my default browser.

  2. b. griffith March 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    hope this works. gett’n kinda pissy.

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