Microsoft Makes It Hard To Change The Default Web Browser On Windows 11

Windows 11 Everything You Need To Know

While the new and straight out of the oven, Windows 11 is in its beta phase, we already have almost all the information about the changes and the tweaks Microsoft will bring with the new OS.

There is one app though, that Microsoft intentionally wants you to use, i.e. Microsoft Edge. Since it is the company’s own web browser, it does not want the user to use other alternatives such as Google Chrome, and Firefox.

FYI, Windows 11 comes with Microsoft Edge as the default web browser. You may think that is easy to change to Chrome, etc. Sure, why not, but now, you have to jump through some extra hurdles to do that.


As per a report by Windows Central, Microsoft has added a few extra steps that a user has to go through in order to change the default web browser on Windows 11 OS.

Microsoft Edge browser is a solid browser in its own right. However, people familiar with using Google Chrome or Firefox still stick to them, instead of switching over to Edge. On Windows 11, it is going to be slightly cumbersome to change the default web browser.

The user now needs to choose the default browser for a list of individual files or link types on Windows 11

Windows 10, shows a wide variety of categories under the Default Apps section in the Settings app. Here, all you need to do is click on any of the categories and change the default app from the suggested window.


Contrary to this, in Windows 11, the user now needs to select the default browser for a list of individual files or link types. This means you need to specify the preferred browser for each individual file or link type.

The file types include HTM, HTML, PDF, SHTML, SVG, WEBP, SHT, FTP, HTTP, and HTTPS. Moreover, there are other special file types you can set a preferred browser for as well.

As of now, we can hope that this messed-up setting for changing the default app on Windows 11 is just a thing for the beta build of the operating system, and Microsoft would streamline the process in the stable version.


It seems practical to ease up the process of changing the default app because the majority of users want to use only a single app for handling all files and link types. Choosing an app individually for different file types sounds unwanted and just a way to trouble the users.