How to Set a Default Browser in Windows 11

Setting a default browser in Windows 11 ensures that all web links and HTML files open in your preferred browser automatically. This guide will walk you through the steps to set a default browser using the Settings app.


By setting a default browser, you can streamline your browsing experience and ensure consistency across applications. Whether you prefer Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or another browser, Windows 11 allows you to set it as the default for all web-related tasks. Follow these steps to set your default browser in Windows 11.

Step 1: Install Your Preferred Browser

  1. Download and Install the Browser: If you haven't already, download and install your preferred browser (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) from the official website.

Step 2: Open Settings

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the Settings icon (gear icon). Alternatively, press Win + I to open the Settings app directly.

Step 3: Navigate to Default Apps

  1. In the Settings app, click on Apps in the left-hand sidebar.
  2. Click on Default apps in the Apps menu.

Step 4: Set Your Default Browser

  1. Search for Your Browser: In the search bar under the "Set defaults for applications" section, type the name of the browser you want to set as the default (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox).
  2. Select the Browser: Click on your preferred browser from the search results.
  3. Set Defaults by File Type and Protocol: You will see a list of file types and protocols (e.g., .htm, .html, HTTP, HTTPS) associated with the current default browser. Click on each of these file types and protocols one by one and select your preferred browser from the list of options.


  1. Click on .htm.
  2. A dialog box will appear with a list of browsers. Select your preferred browser (e.g., Google Chrome) and click OK or Set default.
  3. Repeat the process for .html, HTTP, HTTPS, and any other relevant file types and protocols.

Step 5: Confirm Changes

  1. Once you have changed the default for all relevant file types and protocols, close the Settings app.
  2. Test by clicking on a web link or opening an HTML file to ensure that it opens in your newly set default browser.

Additional Tips

  • Reset Default Browser: If you want to reset the default browser settings, go to Settings > Apps > Default apps and scroll down to the Reset all default apps section. Click on Reset.
  • Browser Prompts: Some browsers may prompt you to set them as the default when you first open them. You can use these prompts to quickly set your default browser without navigating through the Settings app.


You have successfully learned how to set a default browser in Windows 11. By following these steps, you can ensure that all web links and HTML files open in your preferred browser, enhancing your browsing experience and maintaining consistency across applications. Regularly check and update your default browser settings to match your preferences.