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How to switch your default browser on Windows 11

Windows 11, Microsoft’s next big OS update is full of improvements both inside and on the outside; however, in the insider version of Windows 11 the path to switch your default browser is a bit more difficult to navigate compared to the path in Windows 10.

Microsoft Edge has made great strides in compatibility, performance and features ever since Edge launched with Windows 10 in 2015. When Microsoft adopted the Chromium rendering engine for the revamped version of Edge all of the combability issues that existed with legacy Edge were gone and shortly after Microsoft reached feature parity with Chrome, Firefox and other popular browsers. While there may not be many reasons to switch to another browser, having the ability to set your own default browser easily should be a hallmark of every operating system today, especially given the heated antitrust climate. Below we will guide our readers through the process of switching your default browser to whatever you choose.

How to switch your default browser on Windows 11

In this how-to guide we will be setting Brave as our default browser on Windows 11. You can set your favorite browser as the default instead if you like.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Select the Apps tab in the menu
  • Select the Default Apps tab
  • In the list of installed apps, select the browser you want to set as your default browser. We are selecting Brave.
  • On the Default apps Brave page, select each tab that currently displays Edge.
  • Select Switch anyway in the Before you Switch dialog box.
  • Now the typical dialog box for setting default apps will appear, select the browser you want to set as default from the list of Other options. In this case we chose Brave from the list to open .htm links.
  • Repeat the above selection and replace process for each file/link type in the list that currently uses Edge and replace it with your choice of default browser, in this case we chose Brave.

Once you have replaced Edge in all of the file/link type tabs, your browser of choice will now act as the default browser on Windows 11, in this case Brave is our browser of choice. We are hoping Microsoft improves the above user experience path to setting a default browser easily. The ‘Before you switch’ warning dialog box and the complexity for the average user to set a default browser of their choice is not appreciated.

A former industry insider and tech industry enthusiast.

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