How to Change Default Browser in Outlook

How to Change Default Browser in Outlook

Microsoft recently made an important announcement regarding Outlook 365 and how web links are opened within the application. By default, when you click on a web link in the Outlook app, it will open in the browser that is set as the default for your entire system, such as Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.

However, Microsoft has introduced a change specifically for Windows devices running Outlook 365 on Outlook Build 16.0.16227.20280 or newer. They have decided to make Microsoft Edge the default browser for opening web links in Outlook. This means that when you click a link in Outlook 365, it will automatically open in Microsoft Edge. But don’t worry, you still have the flexibility to choose whether to stick with Microsoft Edge or continue using the browser that’s currently set as the default on your Windows system.

It’s worth noting that this change only applies to the specified versions of Outlook and Windows. For other versions of Outlook or different systems like Mac, the app will continue to open links in the system’s default browser, initially Safari for Mac. If you prefer to open links in Outlook with a different browser on these systems, you’ll need to adjust the default browser settings accordingly. Stay informed and adapt your browsing experience to suit your preferences and needs in Outlook.

Step-by-step walk through for Microsoft Windows:

  1. Open Outlook and click File in the top left corner.

2. Click Options in the bottom left.

3. A new window will open. Click Advanced on the sidebar.

4. In the panel, scroll to the File and browser preferences

5. Now, select whether you would like to open links using Microsoft Edge or a Default Browser. This option is next to the Open Hyperlinks from Outlook in field.

6. Once your decision is made, click OK.

Take control of your browsing experience in Outlook by following these 6 simple steps. Don’t let yourself feel limited by the default browser, Microsoft Edge, if it doesn’t complement your unique work style. You have the power to customize your work environment to align with who you are as a professional. Explore and discover the browser that suits your needs and preferences best. Embrace productivity on your own terms and unlock the full potential of your work experience in Outlook.

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Caitlin Bergsma
Caitlin Bergsma

Caitlin is an accomplished Marketing professional with an unwavering enthusiasm for the dynamic world of the IT industry. Caitlin's journey in the field began after earning her Bachelor's degree in Health Communications from Trinity Christian College, where she honed her skills and developed a keen eye for identifying market trends.


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