Can Internet Explorer be removed as default browser

Internet Explorer is still set as default. Should we still be using Internet Explorer for the programming or should we choose another browser when automating?


I would not debate over Chrome v/s IE, because chrome definitly feels smooth and simpler but there are few cases where IE works better and stable than chrome.

Never the less, if you still want to change to chrome as default for programming please follow the steps below:

  • Open a Project
  • In the Design Tab > Analyze File > Workflow Analyzer Settings
  • Go To UI Automation section > Browser > Change ‘Run value’ and ‘debug value’ to Chrome.

And we need to remember that MS is using now chromium engine in their new Edge version anyway :smiley:


What would you recommend when starting a new project today. Do it in IE, Chrome, Firefox or Edge?

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I would be far from telling you that there is any good practice about it. I personally love to use the Chrome. But there are situations where the IE is the best selection in terms of stability and predictability.

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I would not recommend the use of IE in a new project, unless the webpage is only compatible with this browser.
Internet Explorer is slowly being deprecated by Microsoft and it will soon stop supporting Microsoft 365 apps (Microsoft 365 apps say farewell to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 sunsets Microsoft Edge Legacy - Microsoft Tech Community).

Also, we can expect the browser to be less and less compatible with modern websites, since the IE11 is the last version and it will only continue to receive security updates.

Chrome/Edge - should be quite similar, since both are based on Chromium engine
Firefox - as an alternative, if the automation doesn’t go well with Chromium.


Yeah im thinking of using Chrome instead.
I am wondering what will happen with my processes that use IE in a few years, do you think they will stop working?

Hi @atomic,

" Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed."

If you’re speaking about processes running in a customer environment, most likely it’s Windows Server 2016 or similar, meaning that you can expect that it will be ‘alive’ until 2027, at least. Even then, Microsoft isn’t killing IE if many customers are still relying on it.

You can check this page to see what’s the end date for your Windows product, where you have IE installed.