How to Change an Internet Browser

By Amanda Kondolojy

An Internet browser is an integral part of your computing experience, and if you are unsatisfied with your current browser, there are plenty of different Internet browsers that you can choose from to change your computing experience. Although it may be difficult to let go of a browser, you might find your efforts rewarded with a better browsing experience.

Step 1

Find a browser that matches your needs. There are plenty of options available. If you like customization, then Firefox is probably the best new browser for you. However, if you like speed and aesthetics, Google's Chrome browser is one of the speediest around. Opera is a very well-rounded browser that is known for its robust security, but it doesn't always support media-intensive sites.

Step 2

Download the browser. When you find a browser that meets your needs, go to its information and download site. Links are provided in the Resources section. Follow the instructions to download the browser's installer from the website, and then double-click on the installer to launch it. Click through the prompts to finish installing the browser and then restart your computer.

Step 3

Make the browser your default. When your browser starts back up again, double-click on the new browser. When it launches, a pop-up window should appear asking if you want to make the new browser your default browser. What this means is that whenever the Internet is opened (either by clicking a link in an email or launching from another application), it will be launched using the current browser. Click "OK" to set it as the default.

Step 4

Import your bookmarks and settings. If you have a lot of personal bookmarks and settings, you can easily import them from your other browser. If you are switching to Firefox, Opera or Chrome, simply go to the file menu (also known as the Wrench menu in Chrome) and select "Import." The browser will locate your files from any other browser you may be using and automatically import them into the current browser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't uninstall your old browser. Although you might not prefer to use it all the time, certain websites may be optimized to work with that browser (especially if it is Internet Explorer 7), and you may want to keep it around just in case you need it to view a particular website.