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Microsoft is rolling back Windows 11’s controversial default browser settings

Windows 11 To change the default browser from Edge Switching to Chrome or Firefox has become more difficult because the company removed the option to “set the default” browser with a single tap.

As Windows 11 As part of the transformation, Microsoft introduced a new Windows settings application, which also includes redesigned applications and function pages. The application and function page allows you to configure the default file type for the application, including the browser and music player. For browsers, Microsoft has removed an option to use third-party browsers for all content.

Now, if you try to change the default browser to Chrome or Firefox, you will need to manually change the file types of all possible web-related formats. This includes HTM, HTML, HTTP, HTTPS, SHTML, WEBP, SVG and even PDF. If you forget to check the checkboxes for all necessary options, you will not be able to use Chrome or Firefox as your default browser.

This complicated change is annoying, and users say that Microsoft is trying to force its preference. After users discovered this change, Microsoft also encountered strong opposition from competitors such as Google and Opera.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president, said that this new [默认浏览器] The change comes from “the company that claims to be the most open and choice. This is far from “choice.” Firefox officials also criticized Microsoft for mandating “settings and keeping defaults”Browser settingsAdditional and unnecessary steps”.

Microsoft later confirmed that the company is listening to consumer feedback and will make changes to shape the future of the operating system.

Microsoft rollback Windows 11 DefaultBrowser settings

Thankfully, Microsoft finally decided to resume with a new preview update Windows 11 Complex defaultBrowser settings.


existWindows 11 In Build 22509, Microsoft quietly enabled a new toggle switch, allowing you to modify all Web-related file formats/connection defaultsBrowser settings, Including HTTP and HTTPs.

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a new “Set Defaults” button on the “Settings” page, which should make it easier to set Chrome or Firefox as the default browser on the operating system.

It is worth noting that Microsoft has not officially announced this new “set default” browser option, and it is not clear when it will be released to users outside the test plan.

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