If you happen to’ve up to date your PC from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you might have observed that if you click on on a hyperlink for an internet site, a PDF doc, or a wide range of different file sorts, you’ll now be despatched to Microsoft’s Edge browser. In its new model of Windows, Microsoft appears to have grow to be particularly aggressive in pushing its personal apps over the apps that had been put in as defaults earlier than the improve. In different phrases, Edge instantly turned your default browser.
Usually, the primary time you go into one other browser that’s not Edge — say, Google Chrome — the not-Edge browser will ask for those who’d like to make it the default as a substitute. Nonetheless, the method for altering your defaults in Windows 11 has grow to be extra sophisticated than it was in Windows 10. So it’s possible you’ll not get that useful request — or for those who do, it could land you on a complicated-looking web page headed “App > Default apps.” Both manner, right here’s how to swap.
(*11*)If you happen to don’t need Edge to be your default browser, and your favourite browser isn’t providing to make the change for you — or if it did supply however as a substitute despatched you to the “Default apps” web page — right here’s how to swap the default. For this instance, I’m utilizing Google Chrome, however this could work with any browser that you’ve got put in on your system.
Observe: by the point you learn this, some browsers could have instituted a system for letting you extra simply swap your default browser. For instance, when this was written, the primary time I opened Firefox, it requested if I needed it to grow to be the default. I let it go forward, and after I went to the “Default apps” part of setup, I discovered that Firefox was now set because the default for .HTM, .HTML, .HTTP, and .HTTPS information. Edge was nonetheless listed for .PDF, .SHTML, .SVG, .XHT, and .XHTML information.
Yet one more factor: for those who do open Edge for any purpose, you’re going to get the anticipated pop-up urging you to return to “beneficial browser settings.”
However wait — there’s extra. Even after you turn your browser default to one thing aside from Edge, you’re nonetheless going to get Edge because the favored browser for quite a lot of Windows apps. For instance, deliver up Windows 11’s new Widget pane (by clicking on the Widgets icon in your taskbar, the one that appears like a two-paned window), and click on on one of many information objects that seem there — and the hyperlink will open Edge.
If you happen to discover that irritating, there could also be an app for that. EdgeDeflector is a small device that was initially created to intercept any hyperlinks in Windows 10 that had been Edge-specific and rewrite them on the fly in order that they are often opened by the default net browser. I did somewhat searching and skim that its newest model, v22.214.171.124, would work with Windows 11.
I put in and followed the directions for setup. Sadly, whereas that labored for many hyperlinks, after I clicked on a hyperlink from the information sources in the Widgets pane, it didn’t fairly work — the hyperlink opened in Chrome, however not one of the graphics got here by means of. I’d control this app, although…
Replace October eighth, 2021, 1:10PM ET: What occurs when some browsers supply to swap your defaults has been clarified.