How to Download a New Browser

by Jason Artman

Internet Explorer is the default Web browser included with Windows computers. It is not, however, the only browser available for the operating system. Other Web browsers are available for users interested in using something different, such as Mozilla Firefox, for which thousands of user-created add-ons are available, and Google Chrome, which has a bare, clutter-free interface. The Web browser is an application that most computer users interface with every day, so it may be worth your while to download a new browser and determine which is your favorite.

Mozilla Firefox

Visit the Firefox website using the first Resource link. Click the green "Download Firefox" button and save the resulting file to the desktop.

Launch "Firefox Setup 3.6.10" on the desktop when the file transfer is finished. (The version number may be different, but the file name will be similar.) Click "Next" twice when the "Mozilla Firefox Setup" window appears.

Check the "Use Firefox as my default browser" box if you would like Firefox to open automatically when you click a link to a website. Click "Install." The utility copies Firefox to its final destination in the Program Files folder.

Click "Finish" to begin using Firefox when the installation is complete.

Google Chrome

Visit the Chrome website using the second Resource link. Click the blue "Download Google Chrome" button.

Click "Set Google Chrome as my default browser" if you would like Windows to open Google Chrome automatically when you click a link to a website.

Click "Help make Google Chrome better" if you would like to send anonymous statistics about your usage of Chrome to Google.

Click "Accept and Install" to open a download window, and save the resulting file to the desktop.

Launch "ChromeSetup" on the desktop when the file transfer is finished. The Google Chrome setup utility automatically downloads the latest version of the browser from the Internet.

Click the "Choose" button under the logo for the search engine that you would like to use as the default. Google Chrome launches automatically.

Opera

Visit the Opera website using the third Resource link. Click the gray "Download Opera" button and save the resulting file to the desktop.

Launch "Opera_1062_en_Setup" when the file transfer is finished. (The version number may be different, but the file name will be similar.)

Click "Set Opera as default browser" to have Opera open automatically when you click a link to a website. Click "Next."

Examine the license terms for Opera. If you agree to abide by the terms of use, click "I Agree." After a moment, Opera finishes installing and opens automatically.

Tip

  • check Software companies release new versions of their Web browsers on a regular basis. The version numbers described in this article are current as of the time of writing, but may differ in the future.

About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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