Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and Microsoft Edge is its default web browser. But, what if you want to choose another web browser?

There are many browsers that one can use in Windows 11, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and, Microsoft Edge.

These browsers are versatile in their ways and have different speeds and capabilities. But... How to change the default Browser on Windows 11? In this article, we will provide you with the fastest solution to do it.

Why Changing The Default Browser of Windows 11?

Windows 10 is by far the best operating system for most Microsoft users. Windows 11 is still undergoing user acceptance testing, and it may take a while before it becomes completely bug-free.

Nonetheless, many people have migrated from Windows 10 and are out to seek the comfort of Windows 11 applications and customized controls. The web browser is one of the most widely used applications on the new Windows platform.

Selecting your favorite browser as your default browsing partner will undoubtedly optimize your browsing experience.

How To Change The Default Browser On Windows 11

1. Steps to Change the Default Browser of Windows 11 [Fastest Way!]

  • Click on the start bar (located on the taskbar and visible as four windows)

    Click Windows 11 Start Bar to change the default browser

  • A window containing applications and settings will pop up. Click on Settings.

    Click Windows 11 Settings App

  • Under Settings, select "Apps".

    Click Windows 11 Apps

  • Click "Default Apps" on the menu that appears.

    Select 'Default Apps' in the Apps Settings

  • Scroll to any of the web browsers of your choice on the apps available (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox) and press it.

    Select the web browser you want to have as the default browser

  • Once you click on the web browser of your choice, a menu will appear together with a "Set default" button on the top right corner. Click the button to set the selected browser as the default browser of Windows 11.

    Click 'Set default' browser.

2. Steps To Change the Default Browser of Windows 11 [by File Type]

Another slower approach to changing default apps is setting them to open specific file types by default. Here are the steps:

  • Click on the start bar (located on the taskbar and visible as four windows). Alternatively, click on the start bar and type "Settings" on the search bar, then hit enter.
  • A window containing applications and settings will pop up.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Under Settings, select "Apps".
  • On the menu that comes up, select "Default Apps".
  • Under the first search bar at the top, enter the file type you want its default app to change. For example, you can type ".html" and hit the enter key.
  • Click on the web browser that comes up.
  • A new small window will pop up asking you, "How do you want to open .html files from now on?" Click on your desired web browser from the list available.
  • If the browser you want is not in the list, click the "more apps" option, and you will get your browser from there.
  • Select that browser and press "OK." This last action will change the default browser on your Windows 11.

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How Do I Make Chrome the Default Browser on Windows 11

Click on the start bar (located on the taskbar and visible as four windows). Alternatively, click on the start bar and type "Settings” on the search bar, then hit enter.

  • A window containing applications and settings will pop up.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Under Settings, select "Apps".
  • On the menu that comes up, select "Default Apps."
  • Scroll downwards to Google Chrome in the list of apps and press it. Alternatively, you can write "Google Chrome" in the search bar and click on it once it comes up.
  • In the page menu that appears, click on the "Set default" button located at the top right corner of the page.

Set Firefox as the Default Web Browser for Windows 11

The Mozilla Firefox browser can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, after which you will install it and follow a few steps to make it your default web browser.

  • Click on the start bar (located on the taskbar and visible as four windows). Alternatively, click on the start bar and type "Settings" in the search bar, then hit enter. A window containing applications and settings will pop up.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Under Settings, select "Apps".
  • On the menu that comes up, select "Default Apps".
  • Scroll downwards to "Mozilla Firefox" on the list of apps and press it. Alternatively, you can write "Mozilla Firefox" on the search bar and click on it once it comes up.
  • On the page menu that appears, click on the "Set default" button located at the top right corner of the page.

Note that you can set Firefox as your default web browser with one click if you download it outside of the Microsoft Store.

What is the Default Browser for Windows 11?

The default browser for Windows 11 is Microsoft Edge. It supports many file types and enables you to navigate links throughout the internet. Once you install Windows 11 on your PC, you will find it selected as the default browser. You can try opening a PDF file stored on your file explorer to prove this.

The application that will open your pdf files by default will be none other than Microsoft Edge. Clicking on a hyperlink in a text in a word document will also take you to Edge. However, if Edge isn't for you, you can always switch to another browser.

Features of the Microsoft Edge Browser

  • Easy tabs organization.
  • Screenshot capabilities.
  • A writing assistant to improve your writing online
  • Tracking prevention tools for unwanted cookies
  • A browsing mode optimized specifically for kids.
  • Extensions customizations.
  • An appealing, customizable interface

Microsoft Edge is a powerful, versatile web browser that gives you a more productive and secure browsing experience. The most important thing to check when browsing the internet is the security of your PC because some websites contain malware.

Microsoft Edge ensures you are browsing under HTTPS, a protocol that allows users to view pages and content in a secure browsing mode.

Some sites are just HTTP, which is why the Edge browser will warn you against visiting such sites. The browser can generate strong passwords for the user and save them for easier logins.

According to statistics, Microsoft Edge is the safest web browser. However, people may prefer to switch to either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox because of the unique or different features they boast.

Windows 11 users have to follow a few steps to set a different web browser other than Edge as their default web browser.