After so many complaints from Windows users with respect to Internet Explorer, Microsoft had finally launched its new web browser called Microsoft Edge. But, Microsoft had made it very difficult to set Chrome browser as the default browser in Windows 11.
It’s clear that Microsoft is trying to force its users to stick with Microsoft Edge and not to switch to any other browser available for Windows 11 users. That said, it is now easier to change the default browser in Windows 11 using various methods discussed below.
If you are using an older version of Windows 11 then it is very hard to set the default browser in Windows 11. But with the release of KB5011563 (Build 22000.593), Microsoft brought the new option to change the default web browser in Windows 11.
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How to Change Default Browser in Windows 11
Here’s how to change your default browser in Windows 11.
Change Default Browser using Windows 11 Settings
Step 1: Click on the Window button in the taskbar to open the start menu and click on the Settings option.
Step 2: Now search for “Default Apps” and then open it.
Step 3: Scroll down the list of apps and find the browser section.
Step 4: Click on the browser and choose the browser you want to select as a default browser on your Windows 11.
Step 5: Now click on the “Switch anyway” button to confirm the action.
Step 6: You will see that the new browser has been set for your Windows 11.
How to Revert Changes and Make Edge a Default Browser
If you changed your mind and want to revert changes, then follow these steps. You can easily change your default browser and set Microsoft edge as a default web browser on Windows 11.
Step 1: Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
Step 2: Go to edge://settings/defaultBrowser and press Enter.
Step 3: Click on the Make default button to make your edge browser a default browser to open all web content on your Windows 11.
You can verify the changes in the default apps in the Apps section in Windows 11 settings.
Windows OS is popular for its freedom. It allows users to choose any 3rd party app like Chrome or Brave and set it as a default app for browsing, watching videos, and using maps.
But with Windows 11, the company tries to break this tradition. As already mentioned, it is very difficult to change default apps. Other companies like Firefox and Opera criticized the decision as it was not a good move.
How to choose the default browser for Files
Not only websites but you can also choose the default browser for a variety of files like PDF or HTML. If you have updated your PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11 then Microsoft Edge will be the default browser for PDF or HTML files but you can change it.
Step 1: Open Windows 11 Settings with Windows + I button on your keyboard and then go to Apps > Default apps.
Step 2: Then under Set defaults for applications, search for your favorite browser and select it.
Step 3: Then click on it. In my case, I will click on Google Chrome.
Step 4 In the new Window, you will see different file types and browsers selected as a default option.
Step 5: Here you can change your default browser for file types like HTML, PDF, and more.
Step 6: If you want to select any other browser for PDF then find the PDF section and click on the Edge.
Step 7: Select your preferred browser from the list and you are done.
We have shared a complete guide to changing your default browser in Windows 11. If you are still confused with the guide then comment below. We will guide you and help you.