If you recently purchased a Windows 11 laptop, you will realize that every time you click on a web link or HTML file, you will be referred to the web browser. This is because the Edge browser is the default web browser. Fortunately, there is a provision for you to change the default web browser for Windows 11.
Change Default Web Browser Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings menu. You can do this quickly by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard. Or you can open Start, search “Settings,” and click the Settings app icon.
Step 2: Under Settings, click on Apps from the left panel and select Default Apps from the new menu list.
Step 3: You can scroll down to the browser you want to use. Alternatively, you can perform a quick search for the browser you want to use. Tap in the “Set defaults for applications” field, and enter the name of the browser that you would like to set as the default browser in Windows 11 (for example, “Firefox” or “Chrome.”). After the browser has appeared, click its name.
Step 4: Tap on the “Set Default” button at the top right corner to make your application the default browser. Once you see the checkmark appear in the box, you can close the Settings window.
However, if the option is unavailable, that means you have not installed the KB5011563 update yet. In such circumstances, you will be prompted to manually select the desired browser for each of the displayed file types like HTM, HTML, pdf. After tapping on a particular file, a popup window will display. From the popup window, you will have to select the browser app for opening a particular file. Tap OK to set up the default browser. When you click the first file type, you’ll see a pop-up warning from Microsoft asking you to reconsider switching away from Microsoft’s Edge browser. Click “Switch Anyway.”