Now you can change to your favorite browser with a button press.
If you’ve ever had to change the default browser on Windows 11 before, you’ll know how annoying it is to set all the options up. However, in an update for Windows 11, Microsoft has finally made it easier for you to select your favorite browser.
Microsoft’s Changes to Windows 11’s Default Browser Selection
As spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is adding more features to the Windows 11 default browser selection menu to make life a little easier for its users.
Beforehand, when you wanted to adjust the default browser, Windows 11 didn’t let you change the browser with a single button press. You had to manually change the default program for each browser-associated filetype, which was a far cry from how easy Windows 10 made it.
Why Microsoft made this design change is unknown. It could be that the company wanted to make it easier for people to set different browsers for different filetypes, such as one browser for HTML files, another for PDFs, etc. However, it’s also likely the company did it to make the process as arduous as possible so more people stuck with Microsoft Edge instead.
Whatever the reason was, it seems the company has now seen the light. When you want to change the default browser, just select it from a list, hit a button, and Windows 11 does the rest for you.
Microsoft’s Drive to Make Edge the Default
We don’t have an official reason as to why Windows 11 had a more complicated process for setting a default browser. However, there’s a chance the company made this move to encourage people to use Edge more often.
As Windows 11 users have likely experienced already, the operating system opens all links in Edge without any way of changing it. Users fought back with a third-party tool called EdgeDeflector, which Microsoft blocked to force users back onto Edge.
Hopefully, with this update, Microsoft will ease the pressure on people to use Edge.
An Easier Time With Windows 11
No matter what Microsoft’s reasoning was behind its original design for the default browser screen, the fact remains that it was too arduous to use. If you’re not a fan of how Windows 11 handles changing browsers, be sure to update your operating system to get these new changes.