Re: setting Firefox as default browser using NVDA

Cearbhall O'Meadhra



I was intrigued by your recent discussion and so I had a go at changing my default browser from Chrome to Firefox. At first, it did not hold. But after two more attempts it did take.


I used Restart as the shutdown procedure. Should I have used shutdown instead? I have a feeling that I read something about the Shutdown procedure closing all windows routines but the Restart does not do so. I would be glad if you could clarify this for me.


After the second attempt, Firefox is now my default browser. My HTML files open in Firefox, as you would expect.


When I type a web address into the windows search box, the web page always comes up in EDGE! How can I change that default behaviour to Firefox? Edge is listed in the potential default apps but is not checked as the default, Firefox is.


All the best,




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From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] setting Firefox as default browser using NVDA


On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 05:16 PM, Gene wrote:

I suspect this is such a problem and I believe I recall cases from many years ago, where you couldn't switch default browsers directly from one to another if you were running one specific browser and tried to switch to another specific browser.

Not that I doubt this, and it prompted me to test under Windows 10, Version 1903, Build 18362.295, and it does not occur.

I've switched the default browser app while all of the browsers are open and browsing, and when I activate a link in a standalone e-mail client, Thunderbird in this case, whatever I last set comes up.

This is not meant to start an argument, but probably will:  There are lots of behaviors that I am so familiar with "normal" that "atypical" just screams out at me.  The behavior described is highly atypical under Windows 10, and I prefer to take steps that address likely underlying corruption quickly.  Particularly when there's not a downside (or a significant chance of one) in doing so.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1903, Build 18362  

The color of truth is grey.

           ~ André Gide



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