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How to Change Default Browser in Windows 11 (Updated)


The default browser can be one of the existing web browsers installed on your computer that is automatically used when the user clicks and opens a webpage or a link from Windows OS.

Example 1: You have a WebP image saved in a directory in Windows, when you click it, it’s opened in the default browser which might be Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome (based on Default Browser Settings).

Example 2: You click an email link in the browser (such as [email protected]). Now, based on Default App settings there are two ways to open the link in Windows: the first is through the built-in Microsoft Mail application, and the other is through the operating system’s default browser.

Use of Default Browser in Windows
Example: How Default Browser Works in Windows

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to set any browser as your default browser in windows, including Google Chrome, Opera, Brave, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, etc, using the Windows Settings


Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start Menu or press the “Windows logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: Select the “Apps” tab from the left sidebar and choose the “Default Apps” option.

click the default apps button in apps section in windows settings
Apps > Default Apps

Step 3: From the list of apps, select the browser that you want to set as the default.

choose the browser that you want to set as default
Choose Browser among all Applications

Step 4: Click the “Set Default” button to set the browser as default for opening “.html” and “.htm” files.

click the set default button to set the selected browser as default
“Set Default” Button

NOTE: You can alter the default settings for the following file types by clicking the file type and choosing the desired browser:

.htm or .html: Hypertext Markup Language
.pdf: Portable Document Format
.shtml: Server-Parsed Hypertext Markup Language
.svg: Scalable Vector Graphics
.webp: Web Picture Format
.xht or .xhtml: Extensible Hypertext Markup Language
FTP: File Transfer Protocol
HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol
HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure
IRC: Internet Relay Chat
MAILTO: Email Links
MMS: Multimedia Messaging Service
NEWS: News Feed
NNTP: Network News Transfer Protocol
SMS: Short Message Service
TEL: Telephone
URN: Uniform Resource Name
WebCal: Accessing Calendar Files on the web

based on different file types you find browsers set as default
Default Browsers based on File Types
select the default browser based on file type and click the ok button
Selecting Default Browser Based on “File Type”

How to set Google Chrome as the default browser in Windows 11?

1. Open Windows Settings.
2. Select the ‘Apps’ option.
3. Select the ‘Default Apps’ option.
4. Select the ‘Google Chrome’ browser from the list.
5. Choose File Type and a pop-up panel appears.
6. Select Google Chrome from the pop-up panel again and press the ‘OK’ button

How to set Mozilla Firefox as the default browser in Windows 11?

1. Open Windows Settings.
2. Select the ‘Apps’ option.
3. Select the ‘Default Apps’ option.
4. Select the ‘Mozilla Firefox’ browser from the list.
5. Choose File Type and a pop-up panel appears.
6. Select Mozilla Firefox from the pop-up panel again and press the ‘OK’ button


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to set the default browser in Windows 11.

The default browser in Windows may be configured in a variety of methods, all of which are straightforward. By altering the settings of a program or modifying the browser settings, you can change your default browser. Whatever method you choose, you can rest assured that selecting a default browser is simple.

Further, customize your browser settings and add more enhancements to Windows.


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