Surprise! Windows 11 makes it much easier to set the default browser now

It happened. Microsoft has listened to user feedback and reports and addressed a long-standing issue with configuring the default browser inside Windows 11. Thanks to the newly released optional update (KB5011563), Now you can to define your desired browser as the default easier than the clunky process you used to go through before.

If you upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10, you may have noticed that Microsoft made it difficult to change the default browser on the new OS. It’s no surprise that Microsoft Edge is the default handler for most types of files or links you used to associate with commonly used web browsers or apps on Windows.

The company suffered a lot of criticism for this from the providers of Firefox (Mozilla) and Vivaldi. To users’ relief, the company acted on this last year.

In December 2021, with Windows 11 development channel build 22509, it added the “set default” button for the web browser in Settings.

The good news today is that the option is now backported from Dev and available at Windows 11 build 22000.593.

How to set the default browser in Windows 11

  1. Click Start
  2. click in Definitions
  3. click in apps > default apps
  4. Scroll down to the browser of your choice (which can be Chrome or Firefox or whatever) click on it and select “standard set
  5. Done, a checkmark appears confirming the applied change.
    chrome set as default browser Windows 11 Settings

From now on, HTML, HTML files or links with HTTP and HTTPS will open in the web browser you applied above.

However, keep in mind that you still need to manually assign the default applications to other file types like PDF, XHTML, FTP, SVG and others as they will still be handled by default by Micorsoft Edge. Hopefully Microsoft will address this in future Windows 11 updates as well.

Note: At the time of writing, this is only possible if you have installed the new optional update KB5011563 (OS Build 22000.593).

Windows 11 build 22000593

Microsoft has released an optional “C” update KB5011563 for Windows 11 with many fixes and improvements.

To install it on your device, follow the steps below.

Open Definitions > windows update and check updates and install the update.

How to install KB5011563 update manually in Windows 11

You can also manually download and install the update from the Microsoft Catalog update on here

Note: This is an optional update, which will eventually be offered with the Patch Tuesday update in a few weeks or on April 12th.

The update comes with a number of bug fixes so go ahead and install it if you are having any issues with Windows 11, as a bonus you can change the default web browser to your liking like Chrome or Firefox.

Have you updated to Windows 11 build 22000.593 and made the default browser change? Let us know in the comments below.

final words: Microsoft added a much-needed “Set Default” button in Windows 11 Stable Build settings with an optional KB5011563 update to make it easier for users to set a default browser. As everyone knows, Microsoft Edge comes as the default browser on Windows.

More about Windows 11:

How to switch from Windows 11 Dev to Beta channel

How to Disable ‘Search Highlights’ in Windows 11 and Windows 10

Finally! Windows 11 Gets Tab Support for File Explorer, How to Enable

How to Enable New Redesigned “Open With Dialog” in Windows 11

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