Windows 11 of course comes with the pre-installed Microsoft Edge as the default browser. If you want to change that, you have a little work ahead of you. However, it is to be feared that less experienced users will fail at this step.
With Windows 10, Microsoft had already built in a hurdle. Programs were no longer allowed to set themselves as the standard during installation. I found this change well because before that it often happened that file associations were “bent” after a program installation.
To change the default browser, open the “Default Apps” dialogue in the Windows 10 settings, which most readers will surely be familiar with. Here you could switch, for example, from Edge to Chrome or Firefox with one click.
However, this dialogue for setting the default browser is no longer available in Windows 11. So that you can roughly understand what it feels like under Windows 11: Imagine that you are installing Google Chrome under Windows 11. Just like under Windows 10, it is not allowed to register as the default browser during setup, so the prompt appears when you start it for the first time to do this manually.
If you click on “Set as default”, you land on the settings page. You have to do the rest yourself, but anyone who can switch on a PC without an accident should be able to do that.
Changing default browser on Windows 11
Under Windows 11 you will end up here instead after clicking:
Nothing to see from Firefox or Chrome or a way to change the default browser. If you are not familiar with the situation and do not know the background, you may even think at this point that it is a bug in Chrome that the correct settings page is not opened here. But they just don’t exist.
Make Chrome/ Firefox Default Browser on Windows 11
To make Chrome or Firefox the default, you have to search for Google Chrome or Firefox in the list and click on the entry. Another list opens with all the file types and protocols that Chrome or Firefox supports. For each individual entry, Chrome or Firefox must now be selected as the default and confirmed, and of course, the message that you should stay with Edge appears here the first time.
There are a total of 11 entries in the list:
Each change requires three clicks: click on the entry, select Chrome, confirm. So a total of 33 clicks are necessary to make Chrome – or any other browser except Microsoft Edge – the standard for all browser applications.
We are curious how the users and the other browser manufacturers will react if it stays that way and the dialogue known from Windows 10 does not return at least in a similar form until the final version of Windows 11.