When setting up Windows 11, Microsoft Edge is automatically set as the default browser. Although Edge is a better browser than Internet Explorer, many users prefer web browsers like Chrome or Brave. This guide shows you how to change your default Windows browser from Edge to your preference.
Change the default browser using Windows Settings
- Press the Windows key and search for “Settings”. Click on Open to launch the Settings app.Note: You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows + I to directly open the Settings app.
- In Settings, click on Apps in the left panel and select Default apps.
- Click on the app that you want to make the default browser. For this instance, we will make Brave the default browser.
- Once you click on the app, select the Set default button. This will make Brave your default browser.
Change the default browser using Browser Settings
- Launch the browser that you want to set as the default browser. For instance, let’s say we want to make Google Chrome the default browser, and we will launch it.
- Click on the three dots at the top-right corner. Then, click on Settings.
- On the left panel, click on Default browser and select Make default.
- Next, select the default browser for opening files and links. Click on the browser you want to set as default. For example, we’re choosing Chrome.
- Click on Set default. This will make Google Chrome your default browser.
Change the default browser using a browser notification popup
Launching a browser might get a popup notification asking you to set that browser as default.
- Open the browser – for example, Google Chrome will give us a Set as default option in the popup. Click on Set as default. Similarly, depending on your browser, you might get variations of the same popup.
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