Configuring Outlook to Open Websites in Your Default Browser Instead of Edge


To configure Microsoft Outlook to open web links in your default browser instead of Microsoft Edge, navigate to the Outlook Options menu, select ‘Advanced’, and adjust the ‘Link Handling’ settings to open hyperlinks in your default browser. This change allows users to maintain their preferred web browsing experience while using Outlook. It’s a simple setting adjustment that ensures links from emails open in the browser of your choice, promoting a more personalized and consistent user experience.

For users who prefer to utilize their chosen default web browser over Microsoft Edge when opening links from Outlook emails, there is a way to configure this setting. Microsoft’s recent update that defaults web link opening to Microsoft Edge can be overridden to respect your browser preferences.

Step-by-Step Guide to Change Your Settings

If you’re among those who want to maintain consistency with your preferred web browser, follow these steps to adjust your Outlook settings:

  1. Access Outlook Options: Open Microsoft Outlook and navigate to the ‘File’ menu. From there, select ‘Options’ to open the Outlook Options dialog box.

  2. Locate Link Handling Settings: In the Outlook Options dialog, go to the ‘Advanced’ section. Scroll down to find the ‘Link Handling’ area.

  3. Select Your Default Browser: Within the Link Handling settings, you will see an option that dictates how hyperlinks from Outlook are opened. Change this setting to “Open hyperlinks from Outlook in:” and then select “Default Browser” from the dropdown menu.

  4. Confirm the Changes: After selecting your preferred option, confirm the changes by clicking ‘OK’ to close the dialog box.

Ensuring Your Browser Preference is Respected

By following these steps, you instruct Outlook to respect your default browser choice when opening web links. This means that whether you prefer Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or another browser, Outlook will launch links in that browser instead of Edge.

Additional Considerations

It’s important to note that this change only affects how Outlook handles web links. If you use other Microsoft services or applications, such as Teams, separate settings may need to be adjusted to ensure links open in your default browser.


Customizing how web links open from Outlook emails can help streamline your workflow and maintain consistency with your web browsing habits. By adjusting a few settings within Outlook, you can ensure that links open in your preferred browser, offering you control over your digital environment.

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