A recently released build for the Windows 11 Developer 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 just one click.
When Windows 11 launched, operating system users found that setting default applications was no longer as easy as it was on Windows 10. Windows 10 allowed users to set default settings for various types of applications, including web browsers, music players, video players, and E. -Mail with just a few clicks.
All you had to do was select Start> Settings> Apps> Default Apps, on the page that opened, click one of the available types, and choose a different program for the job. Windows 10 would then assign all supported file types to the application.
Microsoft removed this handy option from Windows 11. which makes it much more difficult to set new default programs. This is still possible, but it is now necessary to set each file type individually. When you consider that 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, published to the Developer Channel, contains several usability improvements. In addition to other design options for the Start menu, it includes options for setting a web browser as the default application for all supported file types. Microsoft is reviving the Windows 10 functionality, and the only change is that the setting can no longer be found under Standard Apps, which no longer exists in this form on Windows 11, but when you use the application in Standard Apps open in Windows 11.
There you will find the new option to make the selected browser the default on the system. This means that all supported file types are assigned to the browser. The change does not affect the Microsoft Edge-specific protocol that Windows 11 uses for certain links, e.g. those in widgets. Tools like Edge deflector or MSEdgeRedirect can be used to redirect these requests to another web browser.
Web browsers are currently the only types of programs that have the revitalized feature. If you check others, such as video players, you won’t find the option to set this as the default for all supported file types in one click. It is possible that future builds will bring back functionality for other types of programs.
The change brings back a much needed usability feature for Windows 11. There’s still a chance it won’t end up in release versions of Windows 11 considering it’s only available in test builds right now. The introduction of the feature for other main types of application, such as media players, would also be very useful.
Now you: set programs as default manually or let the programs do this (if supported and not blocked by Windows)