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How To Switch From Internet Explorer To Google Chrome

It’s much easier than you’d think to switch from using Internet Explorer to Google’s Chrome web browser.

Internet Explorer has long been the favourite browser for many of us, mainly because it was simply there on our computer’s right from start. No need to install anything new. But the time is long overdue that anyone still using IE should switch.

Microsoft, who make Internet Explorer, have lost interest in favour of their newest browser Edge.

Here At Home Computer, I use Chrome almost exclusively. It just works.

To Make The Switch, Download & Install Google Chrome.

Google Chrome doesn’t come pre-installed on your computer like Internet Explorer does. So the first step is to download and install Chrome.

If you’ve already got Chrome on your computer, you can skip this step.

You can either search for it or click the link below.

When you get to the Chrome download page, click the DOWNLOAD CHROME button.

Download Google Chrome

Click the Run button to start the download and install process.

If you get a UAC warning, click Yes or OK to allow the install to go ahead.

Chrome will begin downloading and installing itself onto your computer.

This may take some time depending on the speed of your Internet and computer.

When it’s finished and installed you’ll get the Welcome to Chrome screen.

Click the NO THANKS button.


Setting Chrome Up Like Internet Explorer.

Once Chrome’s installed, we’ll need to change a couple of settings. They’re easy to do and will make Chrome look and behave more like Internet Explorer.

We’ll work through each setting in the order that we’ll find them in the Google Chrome settings page.

Setting A Home Page In Chrome.

In Google Chrome, we can have both a Home Page and a Start Page.

The Home Page is the web page that you’ll go to when you click the Home button.

The Start Page is the web page that opens when you first start Chrome up. When you first go onto the Internet.

Now you can have these two pages as the same page, or they can be different pages. Also, you can have virtually any web page as either your Home and/or Start page.

Click the three vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen (Menu button).

On the menu that opens, click SETTINGS.

On the settings page, scroll down a little, until you come to the APPEARANCE section.

You’ll see that the SHOW HOME BUTTON is set to disabled.

Click the small switch to the right of Show Home Button to turn it on.

We want a Home button.

Now we need to tell Google Chrome which web page to use as the Home Page.

Type the address of the website, that you want for your Home Page, into the box labelled “Enter custom web address”.

For me, I’ve entered google.co.uk.

But you can enter any web address.

msn.com or yahoo.com or bing.com for example.


Turn On Bookmarks Bar.

Bookmarks are to Google Chrome, what Favourites are to Internet Explorer. They work exactly the same. It’s just a different name for the same thing.

By default, the bookmarks bar is turned off in Google Chrome. To me, that really doesn’t make any sense when you’re using a computer.

Click the switch to make Chrome show the Bookmarks Bar.


Set Your Start Page In Chrome.

The Start Page is the first web page that you’ll see when you start Chrome up, when you first go onto the Internet.

Now the Start Page can be the same as the Home Page, or it can be a different page.

It just depends on how you want Google Chrome to work. Again, for me, I’ll set the Start Page to Google.

Scroll down the page as far as you can go.

You’ll see the ON START UP settings.

Select “Open a specific page or pages” option by clicking the radio button.

Then click “Add new page”.

Type in the website address of the web page that you’d like Chrome to open up at.

It could be the same as your Home Page or a different page.

I’ve set mine to Google, but you can have any website that you want.

ebay.co.uk or how about amazon.co.uk or maybe netflix.com

Once you’ve typed in the address, click the ADD button.


Set Chrome’s Download Options.

In Internet Explorer, you get the option of whether to download files directly into your Downloads folder (Save), or to choose where the files should be downloaded to (Save As).

Google Chrome doesn’t give you the option on a per download basis.

Instead, you have to decide how Chrome should handle downloads and stick with it.

Personally, I’ll always have my downloads set to ask me where they should be stored. The reason for that is, if your constantly dropping files into your Downloads folder, it becomes difficult to find the most recently downloaded files.

It’s a shame that Chrome isn’t as flexible in this respect as Internet Explorer is, but it’s the only instance where Chrome’s inferior to IE.

Click the ADVANCED button.

Scroll down some more, until you come to the Downloads section.

In the Downloads section, turn on “Ask where to save each file before downloading”, by clicking the switch.

This way, whenever you download anything, Chrome will open the Save As window.

That’ll allow you to choose where to save the file your downloading.

That’s all the setting up we need to do. Close Chrome by clicking the X in the top right corner.

Import Favourites From Internet Explorer To Chrome.

Without a doubt, this is the most important part of switching from Internet Explorer to Chrome. The first question I get asked when advising clients to switch to Chrome is always about their Favourites.

You don’t need to lose them. You can import them into Google Chrome and they’ll work exactly as they did in Internet Explorer.

The only real difference is that now they’ll be called Bookmarks.

To import all your Favourites, click the menu button (three vertical dots, top right corner).

Then put your pointer onto Bookmarks, and then click Import Bookmarks and Settings.

To import your Favourites from Internet Explorer, click the drop-down arrowhead and then click Internet Explorer from the menu.

Take the tick out of the search engines box, and then click the IMPORT button.

Chrome will now grab your Favourites.

It’ll also try to grab your saved passwords, making it easier when you have to sign in to a website, such as E-mail, Facebook etc.

Favourites that you had on the Favourites bar in Internet Explorer will be imported and dropped onto the Bookmarks Bar in Google Chrome.

Favourites that you had in your Favourites folder in IE will be imported into a folder on the bookmarks bar called IMPORTED FROM IE.

Your Bookmarks in Chrome work exactly the same as your Favourites do in Internet Explorer.

That’s all the setting up we need to do. Close Chrome by clicking the X in the top right corner.

Now, whenever you want to access the Internet, use Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer.


Switching From IE To Chrome.

As the Internet develops & new technologies become more mainstream, Internet Explorer is being left behind. Many websites just don’t work properly when you’re trying to access them using IE.

Microsoft are throwing all their efforts into their new browser Edge and with Windows 11 about to become a reality, Internet Explorer may not even be included. They simply don’t need two browsers.

So you’ll need to switch from IE at some point. The sooner the better. Using Chrome, you’ll find that the ‘net is just that little bit quicker. Websites load up with less hassle, less error messages popping up on your screen. In short, it just works.

There is a full At Home Computer guide to using Chrome here How To Use Google Chrome

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