Microsoft has released an update for its Windows 11 desktop operating system. This update makes it easier for users to change the default web browser on PCs running Windows 11. The company started testing settings for changing browser settings in Windows 11 back in December last year. Now, with the release of Windows 11 OS Build 22000.593, the company has introduced changes that make it easier to switch the default browser. Also read – Microsoft wants to train Indians in cyber security: Here’s how
When Microsoft introduced the Windows 11 operating system last year, it was missing the button to switch the default browser that was available in Windows 11. Instead, the company forced Windows 11 users to change individual file types or protocol handlers for HTTP, HTTPS, .HTML, and .HTM. This means that Windows 11 users had to manually change the default browser settings in each of these file extensions. Otherwise, Microsoft Edge – the default browser in Windows 11 – would open randomly. Alternatively, Windows 11 users had to check a box with the message “Always use this app” that only appeared when users clicked a link outside of a browser to select the default app for opening certain types of links. Also Read – Sony’s Xbox Game Pass Competitor Could Launch Next Week: Here’s What We Know About It
The old method was cumbersome and was heavily criticized by other companies. “This from the company that claims to be the most open, with ‘the widest choice’. I hope this is just a preview for developers and the shipping version of Windows 11 lives up to their claims. This is far from an “election,” Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s head of Android, Chrome and Chrome OS, wrote in a post on Twitter. Also read – Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops refreshed with 12th Gen Intel Core processors: Here’s a look at what’s new
Microsoft justified these changes at the time by saying that they would give users more control over the preferences. The company had also said it would learn from user experience to make improvements to its operating system.
Microsoft has lived up to its promise and made the changes that many Windows users have been asking for with its latest update. So here is a step-by-step guide to help users to change the default web browser on their Windows 11 PCs.
How to change the default browser on Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC.
Step 2: Now go to Apps and go to Default Apps.
Step 3: In the search bar, type the name of the browser you want to use and click on it.
Step 4: Now you will see a button named “Set as Default” at the top. click it