How to set default web browser on Windows 11 (preview)
After setting up a new device or installation, by default Windows 11 sets Microsoft Edge as the default browsing experience for the most common links and file types to open this app, regardless of which web browser you have. installed.
While Microsoft Edge is arguably the best browser for Windows users because it is based on the Chromium engine developed by Google, and it comes with a lot of cool features, for example vertical tabs, collections, extensions, kids mode , a platform-supported word monitor, many users still prefer other apps like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera, to name a few.
If you want to use another web browser in Windows 11, it is possible to set it as the new default browser. The only downside is that it seems Microsoft is making it harder to change settings because right now you have to specify every link and file type that the new browser should open by default.
In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set your preferred browser as the new default browser on your device.
How to change the default web browser on Windows 11
To set a new default web browser on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on applications.
Click it Default apps page on the right side.
Select the browser you want to use as the new default browser on Windows 11. For example, Google chrome.
- Click on .htm option.
- Select the Change anyway option.
Select the Google chrome option.
- Click it Okay button.
Repeat steps n ° 5, 6, 7, and 8 for these types of files or links:
- (Optional) Select each of the remaining types and select your preferred browser.
Once you have completed the steps, your browser of choice will be the new default system in Windows 11.
While it seems like this time around it’s much more difficult to set another default browser, consider that Windows 11 still hasn’t been officially finalized and the process may change in the final product. For example, currently, if you open Microsoft Edge on
edge://settings/defaultBrowser clicking the “Set as Default” button makes the browser the new default with no additional steps, but if you click the same option on other browsers, you will only be taken to the “Default Applications” page, which may indicate that the additional steps are temporary.
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