Microsoft Respond To Windows 11 Default Browser Complaints
If you’re one of the many who have been put out by the difficulty of changing your default browser in Windows 11 Microsoft are finally feeling your pain and doing something about it.
As it stands, to switch your default browser requires a bunch of workarounds. But the latest Windows 11 Insider build has fixes to let you do it by simply pressing one button, bringing it back to what it was in Windows 10.
This fix was found by several users in the recently released 22509 build.
One user posted screenshots on Twitter showing the new functionality, hinting what is expected in an upcoming Windows update.
As it stands, users who want to switch away from Microsoft Edge need to change default apps for every file format.
The current Windows 11 Insider preview build lets users navigate to the Default Apps section, letting them change the default browser by simply clicking Set Default.
Microsoft have also confirmed the change, stating, “In the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build22509 released to the Dev Channel on Wednesday, we streamlined the ability for a Windows Insider to set the default browser to apps that register for HTTP:, HTTPS:, .HTM, and .HTML.”
As a result, the change won’t apply to .PDF files, which will still have to be adjusted manually, or will default to Microsoft Edge when opened.
New apps have previously popped up to make this default situation easier, such as EdgeDeflector, but Microspft recently blocked that.
There are still some file types that the new patch doesn’t include, but at least Microsoft seem to be listening to their users.