Microsoft has recently implemented a significant change affecting how links operate within Microsoft Outlook, specifically targeting Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. This modification initially introduced to enhance productivity for Home customers, has now extended its impact to business subscribers and the Teams application. Kindly read, How to complete Microsoft Office 365 Family Subscription. In this guide, we shall discuss how to stop Outlook from opening links in Edge Browser.
The primary objective of this update is to streamline the email experience by making Microsoft Edge the default browser for opening links in Outlook. By doing so, Microsoft aims to eliminate the need for users to switch between applications when they access, read, and respond to emails. This, in turn, results in a boost to workflow efficiency. See How to Change Two-Factor Authentication Methods in Microsoft 365/Office 365.
However, it’s essential to acknowledge that while this change offers notable benefits, certain users may prefer to have their Outlook links open in their chosen default web browser.
To cater to such preferences, this guide will walk you through the steps to adjust this behaviour and configure Outlook to open links in your preferred browser. Here are other similar guides 5 Steps to Fix Outlook continually prompts for passwords on Windows 10 and 11, How to Share Microsoft Outlook Calendar on Desktop and on Web, and How to Recall an Email in Microsoft Outlook.
How to Prevent Outlook from Opening Links in Microsoft Edge
Before making the adjustment, make sure you have set your preferred web browser as the default in your Windows operating system. This ensures that Outlook links open in the web browser of your choice. Here is guide on How to change Windows 11 and 10 default mail app to Outlook. Here’s a step-by-step guide to check and set the default browser:
Press the “Windows key + I” to open the “Settings” menu.
Click on “Apps,” and then select “Default apps” located on the right pane of the window.
On the right-hand list, locate the icon representing your favored web browser and click on it.
If you have already set your preferred browser as the default, you’re good to go. If not, click on “Set Default” to configure it as the default choice for all relevant tasks, including opening PDFs and mail links.
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Changing the Web Links Setting in Outlook
Once you’ve ensured that your preferred browser is set as the default in your Windows system. You can proceed to modify the web links setting within Microsoft Outlook to have links open in your chosen browser. Follow these steps:
Open Microsoft Outlook and locate the “File” option positioned in the top-left corner of the Outlook window.
Choose “Options” located at the bottom of the navigation pane. See Password Change with OWA, and Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Server Guide.
In the Outlook Options window, click on “Advanced” from the menu on the left. Under the “File and browser preferences” section, you’ll find the setting labeled “Open hyperlinks from Outlook in,” with “Microsoft Edge” as the current selection.
Click on the small down arrow in the box and choose “Default Browser” as your preferred option.
Lastly, click “OK” to save the changes.
By following these steps, you can ensure that when you click on links within Outlook, they will open in your preferred browser, rather than Microsoft Edge. This customization empowers you to tailor your email experience to your unique preferences, ultimately enhancing your workflow efficiency.
Yes, you can revert to your preferred default web browser for Outlook links if you don’t wish to use Microsoft Edge. To do this, make sure your preferred browser is set as the default in your Windows operating system settings. Then, follow the steps provided in the article to change the web links setting in Outlook. This will ensure that your Outlook links open in your chosen default browser.
Changing the default browser for Outlook links will only impact how links within Outlook are opened. It won’t affect the default browser setting for other applications or tasks on your computer. Windows allows you to set different default applications for various functions, such as web browsing, email, and more. So, while you can configure Outlook to open links in your preferred browser, your other applications can retain their respective default settings.
I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to stop Outlook from opening links in Edge Browser. Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.