Microsoft has made it more difficult than ever to change the default browser of Windows 11. But don’t worry because in this article, we show you how to change the default browser in Windows 11.
For many years now, Microsoft has been trying to increase the number of users of its Edge browser; The company is so determined in this direction that it has made changing the default Windows 11 browser a little more difficult than Windows 10. Now, instead of having an option in Windows 11 called “Default Browser” in the settings menu that you can easily change, you should change the file link for certain types of links such as html files, htm files, http and https.
Additionally, if you try to replace the default browser with Chrome, you will find that this software cannot do that. Of course, Firefox can do this on its own. All this has been done so that more users can use Edge. But perhaps the worst feature of Windows 11 is that even when you change all the settings correctly, if you click on the link in the search or Windows widgets, the Edge browser will still open. But no worries, here we show you how to change the default Windows 11 browser forever.
Change in the settings
In Microsoft Windows 10 there was an option called the “default browser” that user could change the default browser. Unfortunately, that option is missing in Windows 11, but the settings themselves are hidden in the various menus. Instead, the settings you need are under the name of the software you want to make your device’s default browser, such as Chrome and Firefox. This is the reason why many people criticize this operating system.
To change your browser default settings in Windows 11:
Go to the default software settings menu. The fastest way to get there is to use Windows Search and type Default apps and click on the first result. Of course, you can enter this section from Settings-> Apps-> Default Apps.
Scroll down and select the browser you want to be your device by default (eg Google Chrome).
Go to HTTPS and click on the name of the current default browser (eg Edge). And a pop-up menu appears.
Select the new browser that you want to be the default and click OK.
You will notice that the defaults for HTTP and HTTPS have now changed. These seem to be related. If this does not happen to you for some reason, do the same for HTTP.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for .htm and .html.
At this point, you can stop because your default browser now executes the web addresses you click on, even opening local HTML files on your hard disk / SSD, which are important to most people. However, you can configure your preferred browser to open PDFS or more obscure formats such as XHTML and SHTML.
Set default browser for search and news
Unfortunately, like Windows 10, Windows 11 does not respect your choice of default browser when you click on links that appear in the Windows search or news widgets section. No matter what you select in the Settings-> Default Apps menu, these links still open in Microsoft Edge. However, there is a free app called EdgeDeflector that tricks Windows 11 into redirecting these links to your default browser. Here’s how to set it up.
Download and install EdgeDeflector. Note that if you try to download this software through Edge, the browser will try to block it and claim that it is insecure. It is better to download it in another browser.
No matter how you download EdgeDeflector, Windows 11 will probably alert you when you install it. You will probably encounter a SmartScreen error that says “Windows protects your PC against this software”. If something like this is displayed, click More info.
Then click Run anyway.
After that, you can complete the installation process.
Go to the Default Apps menu.
Click Microsoft Edge.
Click Switch anyway if requested.
Select EdgeDeflector and click Ok in the pop-up menu.
It is done! The system should now allow links in the widgets or Windows search section to open in your default browser. We hope this tutorial is useful for you.
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