Windows 11: how to change the default browser

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Windows 11 makes it harder to change your default internet browser to Edge. But don't panic, we'll explain how to do it in this little tutorial. Nothing really rocket science, despite a tedious manipulation.

Windows 11 wants to highlight Edge, Microsoft's browser. But you may be familiar with Chrome, Firefox or Opera. In this short tutorial, we will explain how to change the default internet browser.


The operation is a little more complicated than on Windows 10. It's a technique to force unsophisticated users to stay on Edge. But don't panic, it's still child's play, you just have to know where to go.


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In this tutorial, we will explain the two ways to change your browser. Two situations in which you are bound to find yourself. We also remind you that we have also produced a short guide to customize your taskbar or switch from Windows 10 to 11 easily.

Change default browser by downloading a new one

Imagine that you have just turned on your brand new PC. Only Edge is installed by default and you want to change it.

  • Launch Microsoft Edge and download a new browser
  • Here we take the example of Google Chrome, but the manipulation is the same with another browser
  • Once Chrome is downloaded, install it by clicking on the icon that appears at the top
  • Wait a few seconds for the installation to complete
  • Once the new browser is on your PC, launch the
  • If all goes well, a small warning will appear at launch. It tells you that Chrome is not your default browser. If it does not appear, follow method number 2 of this tutorial
  • Click on it, you will be automatically taken to the Windows 11 settings
  • In the search bar Find apps tapez “Chrome”
  • Then click Google Chrome
  • Many tabs Microsoft Edge then appear
  • Click on one of them. A window appears
  • Click on Chrome
  • Repeat the action for each window. It's tedious, but it doesn't take no more than a minute
  • Chrome is now your default browser

Switch browsers manually

If during the first method, the window offering to change browser does not appear, use this method. It will also be useful if you decide to change your navigation software again. Again, we take Chrome as an example, but it works with all of them.



  • Click on the button Start
  • Click on Parameters (the little cogwheel)
  • You arrive in the settings. On the left menu, click Applications
  • Once done, click Default applications in the menu on the right
  • In the search bar Find apps tapez “Chrome”
  • Then click Google Chrome
  • Many tabs Microsoft Edge then appear
  • Click on one of them. A window appears
  • Click on Chrome
  • Repeat the action for each window. It's tedious, but it doesn't take no more than a minute
  • Chrome is now your default browser

You now have all the keys in hand to change the default browser on Windows 11.



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