My Chrome settings says "Google Chrome is not currently your default browser." But there's no button that allows me to set Chrome as the default browser:

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Running Windows 7 x64. Absolutely baffled. Can't seem to find anything on Google. "Run as Administrator" doesn't change anything. IE and Firefox both have their "Make default" buttons present, so I don't think it's a network policy thing? Tried setting FireFox as the default then coming back to Chrome; still nothing.

  • How did you install chrome? I know that when you are using a portable version of chrome you cannot set it as default. Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 20:42

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Try the following.

  1. Press enter image description here key to get search box. Type default and you’ll get Default Programs as a result.
  2. Select Google Chrome and click Set this program as default. Click OK.

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  • Hmm, if I click a link in an email or something, it'll open in Chrome but if I look at my registry HTTP\\shell\\open\\command is still set to FireFox... Would it be a bad to delete that and put in the path to Chrome? We've got an application at work that uses this key and I don't want it to keep opening FireFox, but at the same time I don't want to remove FF from my system all together.
    – sab669
    Commented Oct 31, 2013 at 20:59
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    This is not answering the question. Sure, you can do it the Windows way, but why is the option not available in Chrome Settings?
    – Pacerier
    Commented Nov 5, 2015 at 19:38

I had the same issue, and I installed chrome again (without removing the first installation), this time by the offline standalone setup, for all users. I now have two chrome installations. I deleted the old one, which didn't delete my history/passwords/bookmarks. But I now have chrome as default browser, and it also showed up in default programs window, which it wasn't before.


On a Mac, click on "System Preferences -> General -> Default web browser" to pick the browser. I'm on OS X El Capitan.

  • Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. OP is using Windows not Mac.
    – DavidPostill
    Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 10:01
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    I know the question was for Windows, but I had the same problem on my Mac, so I put the answer here to help other Mac users. Commented Jan 19, 2017 at 15:35

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