How to Change Default Web Browser on Windows 11

In Windows 10, changing the default browser is simple: just a few clicks. In Windows 11, you need to make a few more changes in the settings. Here’s how.

Update: Microsoft made it easier to change your default web browser on Windows 11 in March 2022. Specifically, the change was made in update KB5011563, released on March 28, 2022. The process is now much easier.

Microsoft hasn’t been shy about promoting the use of its Edge browser in Windows 11. By default, Edge will open whenever you click on a web link or open an HTML file. Luckily, you can change this in Settings, although Microsoft is making the process non-obvious and more difficult than expected.

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To get started, open the Settings app. You can do this quickly by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard. Or you can open Start, search for “Settings” and click on the Settings app icon.

In Settings, click “Apps” in the sidebar, then select “Default apps” from the list.

In Windows 11 settings, click "Apps," then select "Default apps."

In the search box under “Set defaults for apps”, enter the name of the browser you want to set as the default browser in Windows 11 (for example, “Firefox” or “Chrome”.) Then click his name in the results below.

Find the browser and click on its name in the list.

On the browser’s “Default apps” settings page, you’ll see a list of file extensions (such as .HTM, .HTML, and .SHTML) that can potentially be associated with the browser.

Click the “Set as Default” button at the top of the window to make this application your default browser. It will become the default for all file types listed here.

(If you don’t see this option, you haven’t installed update KB5011563 yet.)

Click it "Define by default" button.

Once you see the tick appear in the box, you can close the Settings window.

If you haven’t installed KB5011563 yet, you’ll need to click on each of these file types and select your browser of choice. To get started, click on the application box just below “.HTM”.

Click a file type association.

You will see a pop-up window asking you how you want to open files of this type from now on. Select the browser you want to use from the list, then click “OK.”

Click on the browser name and select "OK."

When you click on the first file type, you will see a pop-up warning from Microsoft asking you to reconsider quitting the Microsoft Edge browser. Click “Change anyway”.

Click on "Change anyway."

After changing the association with .HTM, repeat the above steps with .HTML, .SHTML, .XHT, .XHTML, HTTP, and HTTPS. Click on each entry, then set the association to the browser of your choice. When you’re done, you’ll have a list of default apps full of associations with the browser you want to use.

All default browser associations have changed.

After that close the settings. The next time you double-click an HTML file or come across a web link, Windows will launch the browser you selected. Good navigation !

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