Microsoft really wants you to use its Edge browser so much that it changed the default browser Windows 11 A sort of Slightly more difficult Not in Windows 10. You must now adjust the file associations for specific link types (such as .html files, .htm files, http and https) instead of simply changing what is called “default browser” in the “Settings” menu.
In addition, we found that when we clicked the button to set it as the default browser, the Chrome browser could not change these settings for you, but put us into the corresponding menu to do it ourselves. Although it is strange that Firefox can perform the same task on its own. However, perhaps the worst part is that even if you change the settings correctly, if you click the link that appears in the Windows 11 search function or its widget box, Microsoft will still open the Edge browser.
Fortunately, as long as you follow these simple steps, you can easily change the default browser in Windows 11.
Change Windows 11 default browser in settings
To be fair, a lot of criticism of Microsoft taking over the default browser situation in Windows 11 is because it does not call the settings required to change the “default browser” like in Windows 10. Instead, it hides the settings you need Under the name you want to be the default application (for example: Chrome, Firefox), and several different file associations
To change the default browser settings in Windows 11:
1. Navigate to the default application settings menuThe fastest way to get there is to use Windows Search to search for “default applications” and click on the top result. Or you can click Settings -> Applications -> Default Applications.
2. Scroll down and select browser You want to be the new default setting (for example: Google Chrome).
3. Scroll down to HTTPS with Click on the name The current default browser (for example: Edge). A pop-up menu will appear.
4. Choose a new browser You want to be the default value, and then click OK.
You will notice that the default values of HTTP and HTTPS have now been changed. These seem to be linked together. If for some reason this does not happen to you, please repeat this for HTTP too.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for .htm with .html. At this point, you can stop and all the web URLs you click and even the default browser of the local HTML files on the hard drive/SSD will change, which is important to most people. However, you can also set your preferred browser to open PDFS or more obscure formats, such as XHTML and SHTML.
Set the default browser for search and news
Unfortunately, like the previous Windows 10, when you click on any web link that appears in the Windows search or news widget, Windows 11 does not support your default browser of choice. No matter what you choose in the “Settings” -> “Default Apps” menu, it will still open these links in Microsoft Edge.
However, there is a free software application called EdgeDeflector that can trick Windows 11 (or 10) to redirect these links to your default browser. This is how to set it up.
1. Download and install Edge deflectorPlease note that if you try to download this program in the Edge browser, the browser will try to block it, claiming that it is not safe (thanks to Microsoft; we are sure your motivation is pure), you can click “Keep” to make It downloads successfully, but you’d better download it in another browser anyway.
No matter how you download EdgeDeflector, Windows 11 may give you a warning message when you start the installer. You may encounter a SmartScreen error stating that “Windows protects your PC” in this application (the color may be red). If so, click on the “More Information” link.
Then click Run Anyway.
Then you can complete the installation.
2. Navigate to the default application menu.
3. Choose EdgeDeflector.
4. Click on Microsoft Edge Under the “Micosoft-Edge” sub-heading.
5. Click “Switch anyway” If prompted.
6. Choose EdgeDeflector with Click ok On the pop-up menu.
This should now allow you to click on links from widgets or Windows search to open in your default browser.