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How to make Google Chrome the default browser in Windows 11

Google Chrome is an extremely powerful web browser. It gets even better once you start adding extensions to make tasks easier and faster. However, if you set your default browser to Google Chrome on Windows 11, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Why use Google Chrome in the first place?

There are a few compelling features that you can find with Google’s web browser. First of all, Google Chrome syncs easily across all platforms. History, bookmarks, addresses and passwords are all synced between devices. This means that you can securely connect to a website on a Galaxy S21 with a new password, and the next time you log in on a PC running Windows 11 with Chrome, your password will be stored securely for easy access. It doesn’t matter what device Chrome is used on; it will always have all your data available.

Another reason – and probably the main reason for many – is the speed of Google Chrome. As long as extensions are controlled and typically fewer than 100 tabs are open, Google Chrome will maintain surprisingly fast speeds. As for extensions, there are thousands of them on the Chrome Web Store, and each has a specific use. They can range from quick shortcuts to website functions or even allow you to download a PNG or JPG file from any website. Google Chrome’s support for extensions is phenomenal and makes the browser more useful.

In general, Chrome is also quickly adopting new standards. Since what the internet has to offer and even how it offers it is constantly changing, a browser needs to be up to date and relevant. Chrome does this very well. Additionally, Google is committed to regular updates for security and quality of life reasons. For this reason, Chrome offers a bit more than Microsoft Edge when it comes to security.

Setting Google Chrome in Windows 11 as Default Browser

While previous versions of Windows let you set Google Chrome as your default browser with a click or two, that wasn’t the case when Windows 11 became publicly available. Previously, users could select it as their default browser and any type of file associated with internet browsers would automatically open in Google Chrome. Early in Windows 11, users had to specify which program to use for each individual file type. In theory and in practice, simply changing Edge’s default Chrome program to an .HTM file would not change it to an .HTML file type. The default .HTML app also had to be set to Google Chrome, otherwise you’d find yourself randomly opening Microsoft Edge when you thought Google Chrome was the default. It was quite complicated.

Now, since the end of March (OS Build 22000.593), the default all-purpose magic button is back! If you want to set Google Chrome as your default browser, there’s only one button in the settings you need to press. Here’s how:

  1. On your Windows 11 device, go to Settings.
  2. In the sidebar, find and click apps.
  3. To find Default apps and click on it.
  4. In the search bar, type “chrome” and click on it when it happens.
  5. A button will be at the top of this page that reads Define by default. Click on it.

Once you hit Define by defaultyou will see all file and link types switch to Chrome by default.

The process only takes a second but saves a lot of time in the future. We wanted pretty badly for it to be as easy as it was in Windows 10 again, and it was granted. Overall, whenever you open a file type associated with a web browser, it should open your new default browser in Windows 11, Google Chrome.

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