Windows 11 Change Default BrowserSource: Windows Central

On Windows 11, when setting up a new computer, the system makes Microsoft Edge the default browser for web links and many file types. Although the web browser is among the best for Windows users, it's not an experience everyone wants since many users prefer other applications like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and others.

In the original release of Windows 11, you needed to perform several advanced steps to change the default browser settings, but since build 22000.593 (KB5011563), Microsoft is adding a simple option to set your default browser with one click.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the easy steps to ditch Microsoft Edge as the system default browser.

How to change default browser on Windows 11

To change set another browser other than Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Default apps page on the right side.

    Open Default Apps settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Select the preferred web browser — for example, Google Chrome.

    Select app to change defaultsSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Set default button.

    Change default browser on Windows 11Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the new browser will be configured as the new default. However, the option won't make the browser the default for everything. Microsoft Edge will still be the default for search results in the Start menu, stories, and other links from the Widgets dashboard, and other protocols and file formats like .pdf, .shtml, .webp, .svg, and more.

Change default for protocols and files

If you want to make the new browser the default for other protocols and files, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click the Default apps page on the right side.

    Open Default Apps settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Select the preferred web browser — for example, Google Chrome.

    Select app to change defaultsSource: Windows Central

  5. Select the protocol or file option — for example, .pdf.
  6. Click the Switch anyway option.

    Switch anyway optionSource: Windows Central

  7. Choose the Google Chrome option.

    Change browser default file typeSource: Windows Central

  8. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, repeat steps 5, 6, 7, and 8 to change the defaults for the remaining formats and protocols.

More Windows resources

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