Windows 11 is upon us, and the new iteration should make it harder for users to switch between default browsers.
Microsoft quickly lost market share in the browser market with the release of Google Chrome and Firefox. Internet Explorer, which came with Windows, was mainly used to download another browser.
However, with Microsoft Edge, the company is looking to recoup some of its lost share. Unfortunately, the market is more difficult than ever, with old names consolidating their positions and new ones becoming more popular.
The company hopes to get more people to use Edge by making it harder to select default apps.
How to change your default browser in Windows 10
The actual process for changing default apps in Windows 10 is pretty straightforward. When you install a new browser and click a web link in any app, you will be asked to select a default app.
If you want to change the default app, all you need to do is check the “Always use this app” box and Windows will open any related links or files using the browser you selected.
This is designed for convenience. Most people often forget to click on the checkbox. If you don’t, Windows will continue to use your default selection.
Many browsers, like Chrome, Brave, and Safari, often prompt users to change their default browser. For example, Chrome has a very handy setting where it automatically redirects you to the Default Applications section of Windows to change the default browser settings.
If you ever want to change the default apps, click Search next to the Start icon, then type “default apps.” Select the result and you can easily change the defaults for different files.
Changes coming to Windows 11 and the new process
With Windows 11, the company is making some changes. Instead of allowing users to make a single change, you will need to select default browsers for different types of files. Currently, this means changing the default values for:
As always, Microsoft Edge will be the default browser when you first install Windows 11. This browser is based on the Chromium project and is blazingly fast.
It’s actually good now, but Microsoft is still catching up. Most people now prefer privacy-focused browsers like Mozilla or Brave. So, despite all the new features in Windows 11, most people probably don’t feel as excited about Edge as much.
Changing default apps for individual file and link types in Windows 11
Instead of setting a default for all relevant files and link types, you need to do it one by one in Windows 11. Here’s how you can change your default browser in Windows 11.
Step 1: Go to Default Apps
Go to Start> Settings. Then select Applications. You can also directly open the start menu and write “default applications” to find the relevant result.
Step 2: select your web browser
Once you open Default applications, you will see a list of all apps. Windows 11 gives you the option to set default values for a specific link or file type. Or, you can set default values for each application.
In this case, you need to find the web browser that you want to set as default for all web links.
Step 3: Set as Default
Now you need to set your default browser for each given file and link type individually. This is a problem, but it is necessary if you want all links or files to open as before.
There is much more. You will also need to select your default web browser individually for all specified links and file types.
You can exit the settings once you are done.
To note: By continuing to click on each of these links, you will receive a Windows 11 prompt, prompting you to give Edge a chance. Just click “Change anyway” and complete the default configuration for each link or file type.
Windows 11 will continue to use Edge by default when you click web links through Windows Search or any of its navigation widgets.
The process is unnecessarily long and arduous. If you use the “Set as default browser” setting on Google Chrome or other browsers like Brave, they will all open the default apps setting.
You can download the beta version of Windows 11 to try it out. Keep in mind that this process may change in the future. Windows 11 will officially be released on October 5, 2021.
What are the competitors saying?
It is not a surprise, but many competitors are not satisfied. For its part, Windows says that this step will give users more precise control over their preferences. However, big names like Mozilla, Opera and Vivaldi have all spoken out.
Senior Firefox VPN Selena Deckelmann spoke to The Verge about the latest changes. She said Microsoft is making it increasingly difficult to keep browser defaults and these steps are only designed to limit choices.
Opera, one of the more popular Chrome alternatives, has also voiced its criticism through its head of browsers, Krystian Kolondra, asking Microsoft to respect user choice and promote competition instead of stifling it. .
A worrying trend for Windows 11
Windows 11 is supposed to be the next big thing for Microsoft. The company has largely redeemed itself over the past decade. It is the most commonly used operating system in the world, but such steps affect the credibility of the platform.
Many believe that “forcing” Edge on Windows users will eventually push more and more people away from the platform itself. macOS has come a long way, and many believe Windows 11 actually drew heavily on Apple’s operating system.
A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the company is actively listening to the comments and looking into the issues. But, with the release date almost there, it’s likely that if a change is implemented, it will be added as an update later.
On the bright side, Microsoft Edge is nothing like its predecessor, Internet Explorer. It’s ridiculously fast, intuitive, and you can even make money when shopping through Edge. The latest update, Edge 93, also comes with several handy updates.
Microsoft Edge 93 was released with a few handy updates. Here’s what you can try in the latest version of Microsoft’s browser.
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