How to Change Your Default Browser on Windows 11

By | December 25, 2021

Samsul’s article will discuss how to change your default browser in Windows 11. After you update your computer from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you may have noticed that when you click on a info on your PC or accidentally open a PDF file from the download, the info will go directly to your PC. point and send to the Microsoft Edge browser, even for some other types of files that are on your laptop. In the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft seems very eager to push its own apps over the ones that were already installed as the previous default. In other words, the Edge browser is the default browser for you.

Usually, the first time you log into a browser other than Edge – let’s say you open the Chrome browser, it will ask you if you want it to be the default. But in the process, changing to default in Windows 11 will be very complicated compared to Windows 10. You will get that handy prompt, or if you do, you may be directed to a complicated looking page with the title ‘App > Default apps’ Either way. , here’s how to switch.

Switch Windows 11 Default Browser

If you didn’t expect Edge to be your default browser, and made no changes to your favorite browser, or if it did offer it but instead sent it to the default apps page, here’s how to change it. As an example now, we’ll be using Google Chrome, and it should work for any browser you have installed on your system.

1. First open Settings > Apps > Default apps. Or, if you want it fast, you can use Windows search to find default apps.

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2. Then scroll down and select the browser you want as the new default. For example Google Chrome.

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3. Bring your attention to HTTP, if that’s what you want. You can also specify other types such as: .HTM, .HTML, HTTPS, and .PDF. then click the name of the current default browser – for example: Microsoft Edge in the pop-up menu that appears.

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4. Now, you select the new browser you want to be the default and click OK. Before you can switch browsers, you may get a pop-up that says “Before you switch” which urges you to try Microsoft Edge. Don’t mind that, just click”Switch anymay.” You will get a pop-up with the option of “Keep using this app” above and other installed browsers at the bottom. Choose the one you want to use. (In some cases, there may be some file types that your browser doesn’t offer as an alternative).

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Notes: In some cases, some browsers may have implemented a system to allow you to easily change the default browser. For example, the first time you open Firefox, you will be asked if I want it to be the default. And I let it run, and when you reopen to the “Default apps” settings, I find that Firefox is now, already set as the default for .HTM, .HTML, .HTTP, and .HTTPS files. and Edge is still listed in .PDF, .SVG, SHTML, .XHT, and .XHTML files.

After that you will find the default browser has changed for HTTP and HTTPS. And it seems to be related to something else. If for some reason, this doesn’t happen to you, then repeat this action for HTTP as well.

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5. You can repeat steps 3 and 4 for .htm and .html. At this point, you can quit and your default browser will be changed for all Web URLs you click on and even for local HTML files on your hard drive or SSD, which is important to most people. However, you can also set your browser of choice to open PDF or more obscure formats like XHTML and SHTML.

Setting the Default Browser for Search and News

Turns out, after you try switching your default browser to something other than Edge, you’ll still get Edge as the default browser for a number of Windows apps. Just like Windows 10 before it, Windows 11 does not give the opportunity to choose your default browser when clicking any web info that appears in Windows search and News widget. Whatever you choose on the menu Settings > Default apps, this info will still open in Microsoft Edge.

The good news is that there is a freeware application called EdgeDeflector that can fool Windows 11/10 into redirecting a info to your default browser. Here are the steps.

1. Download and install EdgeDeflector. Note that, if you try to download this program in the Edge browser, the browser will try to block it, claiming it is not safe. It’s better if you download it in another browser.

The first time you run it, you will be faced with a SmartScreen error with the message “Windows protected your PC” from this application, click “More info

2. Then click Run anyway.

3. Navigate to menu Default apps.

4. choose EdgeDeflector.

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5. Click again Microsoft Edge under the subtitle “MICROSOFT-EDGE.”

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6. Then click “Switch anyway

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7. choose EdgeDeflector and click Ok on the pop-up menu.

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In the above way, it allows you to open the info you click on the Widget or Windows search can be opened in your default browser.

That’s How to Change Your Default Browser on Windows 11. And you can apply it to Windows 10, hope this helps.