Google runs a campaign currently for its web browser Google Chrome on Windows 10 that informs users on how to make Chrome the default browser on the system.
It is unclear how large the campaign is, but it seems to target Chrome installations on Windows 10 if the web browser is not set as the default system browser.
Windows 10 devices ship with Microsoft Edge as the default web browser, and it is not as easy to change the default browser anymore.
Most applications ask users to visit the Settings application to switch the default browser there.
Get to Chrome faster launches in a new tab in the web browser on start; it is made the active tab regardless of which tab was active the last time Chrome was closed.
The promotional tab offers two suggestions to "get to Chrome faster". First, by making the web browser the default system browser on the Windows 10 machine, and second, to pin the browser to the Windows taskbar for faster access.
It is interesting to note that Google's instructions on changing the default web browser display Microsoft Edge as the default browser. This does not necessarily have to be the case; if the default browser was changed previously, say to Firefox or Opera, then that browser is the default and not Microsoft Edge.
It might cause some confusion, as Google's instructions ask users explicitly to "click Microsoft Edge under Web Browser". If Microsoft's browser is not the default, it cannot be clicked as it is not listed there.
The promotional page links to the Windows Settings making the operation as easy as possible.
The instructions to pin Chrome to the Windows taskbar are easier to follow. Google asks users to right-click on the Chrome icon and select the "pin to taskbar" option from the context menu.
This is suggested, even if Chrome is already pinned to the Windows taskbar. When users right-click a pinned Chrome icon, they only get options to unpin it. Again, not the best set of instructions.
To be fair, most users should not have any problems performing these operations regardless of which browser is set as the system default, and most should know whether Chrome is pinned to the taskbar or not.
A click on continue exits the "get to Chrome faster" page and loads a new tab page instead. The promo page should not be spawned again when you hit continue.
Now You: Which browser is your default?
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