How to change your default browser in Windows 11

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Here we’ll walk you through the process of reconfiguring Windows 11 so Microsoft Edge isn’t the default browser for every web-related link and application you try to launch.

  • Open the “default apps” section of your Windows 11 Settings menu. You can get there by opening the Settings menu, clicking the Apps section and then selecting Default apps, but it’s faster to just hit the Start key to open the Start menu and start typing “default apps”, then clicking on the link to the Default apps menu when it appears.
  • Scroll down the list of apps until you find the browser you want to set as your default, then select it. For the purposes of this how-to I’ll be showing you how to set Google Chrome as your default browser, but you could select any competing browser here: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.
  •  Scroll down to the HTTPS section and click on it to change the default app from Microsoft Edge to your browser of choice. As you can see, once you click on an app in the Default apps menu you’re presented with a list of relevant file types, each of which has an app listed as the default one to open it.
  •  Repeat step 3 for .htm, .html, and any other web-related file types you use. Now comes the laborious part — you’ll have to do the same reassignment for every file type you want your browser of choice to open.
  • You may get a “Before you switch” pop-up urging you to try Microsoft Edge — go ahead and click on “Switch anyway.” You’ll get a pop-up with a “Keep using this app” selection on top and your other installed browsers below. Go ahead and select the one you want to use.

One more thing: if you do open Edge for any reason, you will get the expected pop-up urging you to return to “recommended browser settings.”
 

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