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How Do I Switch From Edge to Chrome?

It’s easy.

It's easy to start using the Chrome internet browser instead of Edge, and I'll show you how. Unfortunately, Edge may still make occasional appearances.
Edge to Chrome
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How do I change from Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome?

Simple: install Chrome and start using it.

Seriously, aside from a couple of minor annoyances, that’s all that’s required.

Let’s review the process and talk about those annoyances.

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TL;DR:

Switch from Edge to Chrome

  • Download and install Google Chrome.
  • Set Chrome as your default browser.
  • Realize that Edge may still make occasional appearances.

Install Chrome

Visit google.com/chrome, and click the Download Chrome button.

Google Chrome download page.
Google Chrome download page. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

This will download a downloader, which then automatically installs the browser.

Installing Chrome.
Installing Chrome. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

After the installation is complete, the browser will open.

Chrome Welcome screen.
Chrome Welcome screen. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

At this point, you can just use Chrome instead of Edge.

Changing the default browser

At some point, Chrome will let you know it’s not the default browser.

Chrome is not the default browser.
Chrome is not the default browser. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Click on the Set as default button, and Windows Settings will open to the “Apps > Default Apps” page.

Apps > Default Apps
Apps > Default Apps. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Scroll down to Google Chrome, and click on it. This will open a page of media types for which Google Chrome can become the default app.

Apps > Default Apps -> Google Chrome
Apps > Default Apps -> Google Chrome. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

Click on Set default to the right of the “Make Google Chrome your default browser”, and you’re done.

Google Chrome is now your default browser.

Most of the time.

Edge annoyances

There remain two annoyances related to Microsoft Edge.

First, it cannot be uninstalled.

Attempting to uninstall Edge.
Attempting to uninstall Edge. Click for larger image. (Screenshot: askleo.com)

It’s listed in Settings > Apps, but the Uninstall option is grayed out.

This is not unexpected. Edge’s predecessor, Microsoft Internet Explorer, could not be truly uninstalled either. My theory is that Edge is part of Windows, and that other parts of Windows expect Edge, or parts of Edge, to be available.

Second, some functions are hard-coded to use Edge regardless of your default browser selection. For example, at this writing, the Windows Taskbar search performs online searches using Edge, even if Chrome is configured as the default browser.

Do this

If you like, start using Chrome by downloading it, installing it, and setting it as your default browser.

Just don’t expect Edge to disappear completely.

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2 comments on “How Do I Switch From Edge to Chrome?”

  1. Hi – I find another annoyance with Edge. Even though my default browser is set to Chrome, if I try to open an email in my browser (e.g. if it does not display properly from inside my Outlook Inbox) then it opens (eventually) with Edge, in some sort of Internet Explorer mode. Is there any way to stop this please??

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