when Windows 11 dropped, Microsoft made it harder to change your default browser. This made lots of people very indignant and was broadly considered a foul transfer. Fortunately, after the most recent replace, it is simpler to do. But nonetheless slightly extra sophisticated than it wants to be.
In Windows 10, setting a brand new default internet browser was easy sufficient. When you put in a brand new browser, like Google Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox, the app would immediate you to set it as your default and open the Settings app the place you would accomplish that with a few clicks. You may additionally search in your Settings for “Default apps,” click on “Web browser,” and select the browser you need.
Now, issues are completely different. And relying on what sort of Windows system you could have, there is likely to be further obstacles. Below are the steps to altering your browser. Check out our guide to Windows 11’s new features and our review of the Microsoft Surface Go 3 pill to study extra concerning the newest working system throughout.
First, Disable S Mode (If It’s Enabled)
Some Windows gadgets ship in one thing Microsoft is looking S Mode. This is a extra locked-down model of Windows the place you possibly can solely set up apps by way of the Microsoft Store, can’t use command line instruments, and Microsoft instruments like Edge and Bing aren’t simply the default, they’re the one possibility.
Microsoft advertises this mode as safer and secure than the choice, and that’s technically true. Malware you obtain from the web can’t run in this mode, for instance. But it’s very limiting, and in order for you to change your browser, you’ll want to flip it off. You can do that by going to the Microsoft Store and searching for “S Mode,” the place you’ll see a list that can stroll you thru the method.
Distressingly, you possibly can’t flip S Mode again on, so be sure that that is what you need to do. S Mode is right in order for you to use your pc or pill in a locked-down, iPhone-like expertise. But in order for you to change your default browser or set up many kinds of software program, you’ll have to go away S Mode for good.
Next, Set Your Default Browser
Now it will get slightly bizarre. In the previous, there was one possibility for altering the default internet browser. But beneath the hood, that really refers to opening a number of sorts of information or hyperlinks. If you’ve ever had a PDF file open in Edge as a substitute of Chrome, for instance, you’ve seen how the default browser could be completely different relying on what kind of file you attempt to open.
Initially, Microsoft made you set every of those file sorts individually, in order that the method of absolutely altering your default browser concerned dozens of steps. After a current replace, nevertheless, Windows 11 has a button to set one default for http, https, htm, and html hyperlinks.
However, that is nonetheless not all the potential file sorts that you would open in a browser, so in the event you additionally need to be sure that, for instance, PDFs open in your most well-liked browser, you will nonetheless have to change these manually.