Microsoft reintroduces options to set default web browser on Windows 11
A recently released version of the Windows 11 Dev Channel includes a much-requested feature that Microsoft removed from the launch version of Windows 11: the ability to set a default web browser on the system with one click.
When launching Windows 11, users of operating systems noticed that setting default apps was not as easy as in Windows 10. In Windows 10, users could set default values for multiple types. applications, including web browser, music player, video player and e-mail, with just a few clicks.
All you had to do was select Start> Settings> Apps> Default apps, click on one of the types available on the page that opens, and select a different program for the job. Windows 10 would then map all supported file types to the app.
Microsoft has removed this handy option from Windows 11, making it much more difficult to set new default programs. Although it is still possible to do this, it is now necessary to define each file type individually. Since web browsers support a few dozen file types including .htm, .pdf, .html, .svg, and others, it is clear that performing this simple task has become a nuisance.
Windows 11 Build 22509.1000, released on the Developer Channel, includes several usability improvements. Along with other Start menu design options, it includes options to set a web browser as the default application for all supported file types. Microsoft is resurrecting the Windows 10 feature, and the only change is that the setting is no longer under Default Apps, which no longer exists in that form in Windows 11, but when you open the app in Default Apps under Windows 11.
There you will find the new option to make the selected browser the default browser on the system. This maps all supported file types on the browser. The change does not affect the specific Microsoft-Edge protocol that Windows 11 uses for certain links, for example those of widgets. Tools like Edge Deflector or MSEdgeRedirect can be used to redirect these requests to another web browser.
Web browsers are the only type of program currently with the revived functionality. When you check other players like video players, you will not find the option to set them as default for all supported file types with just one click. It is possible that future versions will bring back the functionality for other types of programs.
The change brings back a much needed usability feature on Windows 11. It is still possible that it will not arrive in final versions of Windows 11, given that it is currently only available in test versions. Introducing the feature for other main application types, for example media players, would also make a lot of sense.
Now you: do you set the programs manually as default or let them be (if they are supported and not blocked by Windows)