How to Get Outlook to Open Links in Chrome on Windows 11/10

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Microsoft Outlook is a widely-used email client that offers a seamless experience for managing emails, calendars, and contacts. However, by default, Outlook may open web links and attachments within its built-in browser, Microsoft Edge, which can be inconvenient if you prefer using Google Chrome as your default browser. Fortunately, you can change this setting to make sure that when you click on a link or attachment in Outlook, it opens directly in Google Chrome. In this article, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process to achieve this on Windows 11 or Windows 10.

Also see: How to Set Default Email Client (mailto) in Chrome

How to Get Outlook to Open Links in Chrome on Windows 11 or 10

Why open links in Chrome from Outlook?

Before we proceed, you might wonder why someone would prefer to open links in Chrome from Outlook. Well, Google Chrome is known for its speed, security, and extensive range of extensions, making it a popular choice among internet users. If you are already using Chrome as your primary browser, having Outlook open links directly in Chrome ensures a more integrated and smooth browsing experience. Let’s get started with the process.

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Step 1: Setting Chrome as the default browser

Before making changes specific to Outlook, we must first ensure that Google Chrome is set as the default browser on your Windows system.

For Windows 11:

  1. Click on the Start button and then on “Settings”.
  2. Select “Apps” from the left sidebar and then go to “Default apps”.Windows 11 Default Apps Settings
  3. Under the “Default apps” section, look for “Set defaults for applications” and type in “Chrome“.
  4. From the search results, click on “Google Chrome”.Set Chrome as default browser
  5. On the next settings page, ensure that .htm, .html, HTTP, and HTTPS are set to Google Chrome.Set Chrome as default app for HTTP and HTTPS
  6. Additionally, at the top of this settings page, you can click the “Set default” button next to “Make Google Chrome your default browser” for a quicker setup.Make Google Chrome your default browser Windows 11

For Windows 10:

  1. Right-click on the Start button and select “Settings”.
  2. Navigate to “Apps” and then to “Default apps”.
  3. Under the “Web browser” section, click your current default browser.
  4. Choose “Google Chrome” from the dropdown menu.Set Chrome as default browser in Windows 10

Related resource: How to Remove Edge as Default Browser in Windows 11

Step 2: Configuring Outlook link behavior

After ensuring that Chrome is your system’s default browser, it’s time to double-check Outlook’s settings.

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Click on “File” in the upper left corner to access the Outlook Backstage view.Microsoft Outlook File Menu
  3. Click on “Options” to open the Outlook Options dialog.Outlook Options Settings
  4. Go to the “Advanced” section in the left pane.Microsoft Outlook Advanced Settings
  5. Scroll down until you find the “File and browser preferences” section.
  6. Locate the “Open hyperlinks from outlook in:” dropdown menu.
  7. From the dropdown, select “Default Browser”. If “Microsoft Edge” is selected, this is what’s causing the issue.Set Outlook to open hyperlinks in default browser or Chrome
  8. Hit “OK” to save and apply the changes.

That’s it! Moving forward, Outlook should now open hyperlinks using Google Chrome, or whatever your system default browser might be.

Handy guide: How to Set Gmail as Default Email Client in Windows 11

Step 3: Testing if links in Outlook will open in Chrome

Now that you have adjusted the settings, it’s time to test whether links in Outlook are now opening in Chrome. Follow these steps to confirm:

  1. Close and reopen Outlook: If Outlook was already open during the configuration process, close the application, and reopen it to ensure the changes take effect.
  2. Find an email with a link: Look for an email in your inbox or any other folder that contains a hyperlink. It can be any link within the email body or signature.
  3. Click on the link: Hover your mouse cursor over the link, and you should see that it now displays the destination URL in the bottom left corner of the Outlook window.
  4. Verify it opens in Chrome: Click on the link, and Google Chrome should now open automatically, directing you to the destination URL.

How to make Outlook open links in Chrome by default

Setting Outlook to open attachments in Chrome

For those who frequently receive email attachments, such as PDF files, and prefer to view them in Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Following a similar path as setting Chrome as the default browser, navigate to “Default apps” in Windows settings.
  2. Search for “.PDF” in the “Set defaults for applications” section.
  3. Click on the current default application for .PDF and change it to “Google Chrome”.How to set Outlook to open attachments in Chrome

By making this adjustment, all PDF attachments accessed from Outlook (and other locations on your PC) will open in Google Chrome.

In case of stubborn links

On rare occasions, certain links might still open in Microsoft Edge. This is often due to the website’s specific coding or if the link is directed to a Microsoft product page. In such instances, consider using browser extensions or third-party software that can force all links to open in Chrome or your chosen browser. However, always ensure that you’re downloading trusted tools or extensions to keep your browsing experience safe.

Conclusion

Microsoft’s deep integration of its products and services often means that they interact in ways that prioritize Microsoft tools. However, Windows remains a highly customizable platform. By adjusting a few settings, as outlined above, users can tailor their experience, ensuring that tools like Outlook behave in ways that best match their preferences, such as setting Outlook to open links or attachments in Chrome instead of the default Microsoft Edge browser.


Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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