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How To Set Default Browser In Windows 11?

Windows 11 has Microsoft Edge as its default browser, and you might want to change it to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Brave. But do you know How To Set the Default Browser In Windows 11?

If not, don’t worry. This article discusses how to set default browser in Windows 11. 

How To Set Default Browser In Windows 11
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Changing the default browser in Windows 11 is not as simple as Windows 10. In Windows 11, you will not readily find the option to make a particular browser your default browser. You will need to tap into deeper settings for it. 

How To Set Default Browser In Windows 11

Windows 11 has a more complex method of changing browsers. This has to do with the different file types assigned to these browsers, which were not present in Windows 10. 

The following steps will help you remove Microsoft Edge as the default browser and set a new one. 

1. Click on the Settings option, navigate to Apps, and then Default Apps. 

2. You will find a “Set defaults for applications” menu. You can search your preferred browser under the Search bar. Then select that browser. 

3. In Windows 11, the browser needs to be changed for all different file types. The file types assigned to Edge are likely .HTM, .HTML, HTTP, and HTTPS. You will need to assign all these same types to your preferred browser. Or you can assign only a select few types. 

4. Once you have selected the file types, you will get a pop-up. It will suggest you use Microsoft Edge still. Click on “Switch anyway.”

5. Another pop-up will come up asking how you want to open .htm files from now on. Select your preferred browser from the list. 

There might be certain file types that won’t allow you to run them on your new browser. You will have to continue working with these specific files on Edge. You can also try another browser and check if it can work with more file types. 

6. Now, you can open your preferred browser and recheck its settings. It will most likely show an option asking if it could become your default browser when you open it. Select yes. 

7. There is a high chance that the new browser can still run specific file types only, and not all of them. You can again open the same App settings and check the files you can work with on your new browser. 

Most likely .PDF, .SHTML, .SVG, .XHT, and .XHTML files are still going to be assigned to Edge. 

You might still get pop-ups asking you to set Edge as the default browser. Or the pop-up might ask you to go back to the recommended browser settings. Switching to recommended browser settings will make Edge the default browser for all file types. 

However, even after changing the default browser, Edge might still be a default browser for Windows 11 Apps. For example, if you open any story in Windows 11’s new Widget pane, it might still open with Edge. 

There is an entirely different App Setting option to change Edge as the default browser for these links. You can follow the steps below to set any other browser to open these links and stories. 

1. Click on Settings, and in the Apps section, go to Default Apps. 

2. Here, you will find a “Choose defaults by link type” option. Click on it. 

3. You will see a search bar titled “Set defaults for link types.” You need to enter ‘Edge’ or ‘Microsoft Edge’ here. 

4. You will see another label titled Microsoft Edge when you enter. When you click on it, a new option pops up to select your preferred option for these links. 

The above steps shall successfully change the browser for specialized links. 

To Sum It Up

It can be tricky to change specific default settings with a more complex design and settings in Windows 11. This article discusses How To Set the Default Browser In Windows 11 with all the detailed steps.

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