How to Set Default Web Browser on Windows 11 (Overview)

After setting up a new device or install, 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 any other 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 contains many great features, for example, vertical tabs, collections, extensions, mode children, a password monitor and platform, many users still prefer other applications such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, to name a few.

If you want to use another web browser on Windows 11, it is possible to set it as the new default browser. The only caveat is that it looks like Microsoft is making it harder to change the settings because currently 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 favorite browser as the new default browser on your device.

How to Change Default Web Browser on Windows 11

To set a new default web browser on Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. To open Settings.
  2. Click on apps.
  3. Click it Default apps page on the right side.

    Source: Windows Central

  4. Select the browser you want to use as the new default browser on Windows 11. For example, Google Chrome.

    Select the new default browserSource: Windows Central

  5. Click on .htm option.
  6. Select the change anyway option.
  7. Select the Google Chrome option.

    Set Chrome as the default web browserSource: Windows Central

  8. Click it OKAY button.
  9. Repeat steps #5, 6, 7and 8 for these types of files or links:

    • .html
    • .pdf
    • .shtml
    • .svg
    • .webp
    • .xht
    • FTP
    • HTML
    • HTTPS
  10. (Optional) Select each of the remaining types and select your preferred browser.

Once you complete the steps, your browser of choice will be the new system default on Windows 11.

Although it seems that this time it will be much more difficult to make another browser the default browser, consider that Windows 11 has still not 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 “Default” button makes the browser the new default browser without any additional steps, but if you click the same option on other browsers, you will only be directed to the “Default apps” page, which may indicate that the additional steps are temporary.

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