How to stop Outlook from opening links in Edge

Emre Çitak
Aug 1, 2023
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Microsoft recently implemented a change where links in Microsoft Outlook open in Microsoft Edge by default for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers.

This modification was initially introduced for Home customers to help them stay focused, but it now affects business subscribers and the Teams application as well.

The change allows users to easily access, read, and respond to emails using their authenticated profiles within Microsoft Edge, thus eliminating the need for disruptive switching between applications.

Despite this, some users might prefer their Outlook links to open in their default web browser instead. This guide will show you how to change this behavior and have Outlook links open in your preferred browser.

How to stop Outlook from opening links in Edge

Before proceeding, ensure that your preferred browser is set as the default in Windows. This ensures that Outlook links open in your desired browser.

To check and set the default browser:

For Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start menu and select "Settings"
  2. Go to "Apps" and then "Default apps"
  3. Look for "Web browser" at the bottom of the list of Default apps

If your preferred browser is listed, you're all set. If Microsoft Edge is listed, click on it, and choose your preferred browser from the list. Click "Switch anyway" if prompted.

Outlook opening links in Edge
The first step to fix Outlook opening links in Edge problem is to set your preferred browser as default on your PC

For Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start menu and select "Settings"
  2. Go to "Apps" and then "Default apps"
  3. Find your favorite browser from the right-hand list and click on the icon

If your browser is already set as the default, you're good to go. If not, click on "Set Default" to set it as the default for all applicable types, including opening PDFs and mail links.

Change the web links setting in Outlook

After ensuring your preferred browser is set as the default in Windows, you can change the web links setting in Outlook to make links open in your preferred browser:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Click on "File" in the top-left corner of the Outlook window
  3. Select "Options" at the bottom of the navigation pane
  4. In the Outlook Options window, click on "Advanced" from the left-hand menu
  5. Under the "File and browser preferences" heading, you'll see "Open hyperlinks from Outlook in:" with "Microsoft Edge" as the current setting
  6. Click the small down arrow in the box and choose "Default Browser" instead
  7. Click "OK" to save your changes

Following these steps will ensure that your Outlook links open in your preferred browser instead of Microsoft Edge.


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