Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world, as users go the extra mile to download and set Chrome as their default browser on Windows, much to the chagrin of Microsoft and its efforts to keep users on the go. use Edge.
But if you don’t know how to make Google Chrome the default browser, then don’t worry. Here’s everything you need to know to do it, and everything you need to do when setting up Google Chrome for the first time.
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Set Google Chrome as the default browser
On Windows 11, there is currently only one way to make Google Chrome the default browser on Windows 11, i.e. manually – a process that requires a lot of clicks. Let’s go through it step by step so that you know what you need to do.
Method # 01: Using Parameters
With Windows 11, Microsoft has made it much harder for users to move away from Edge. However, if you really want to make the switch, here’s how to go about it:
First, open Settings by tapping
Win + I. Then click on applications in the left pane.
Click on Default apps on the right.
Now find Chrome under “Set defaults for apps” and select it.
On the next screen, you will see a bunch of file types like HTM, HTML, PDF, SHTML, etc., all associated with Microsoft Edge by default. Click on a.
To choose Google chrome and click Okay.
You should see Google Chrome become the default browser for opening this type of file.
Do this for all file types here where the default option is Microsoft Edge (yes we know it’s a chore, blame Microsoft for it). Once you’re done and most of the important file types are set to open with Chrome, you’ve changed the default browser to Google Chrome.
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Method # 02: Use Google Chrome Itself
There was a time when making Chrome your default browser was just a click away. All you had to do was open Chrome and click on the “Set as Default” prompt.
But these days when you do, you’ll be taken straight to the Settings page we had in the previous section. So, follow method # 01 above once you are taken to the default apps page.
Users have no choice but to make Chrome the default application for opening the various types of files associated with a browser.
Change the default email client to Gmail
Changing the default browser does not mean that everything associated with browsing is also changed. The email client, for example, is always set to Microsoft’s Mail app. If Gmail is your primary email client, you’ll also want to change this so that every time you click on an email address, Chrome opens it with Gmail.
Step 1: Change Mail app to Chrome
The first step to changing your default email client to Gmail is to change the email app to Chrome. To do this, press
Win + I to open the settings and click applications in the left pane.
Now click on Default apps.
Now, under “Set defaults for apps”, find Mail. Then select the Mail application.
Here, click on Mail under “MAILTO”.
To select Google Chromium and click Okay.
The next step is to make sure that every time you click on the Mailto link and Chrome opens, you are taken directly to Gmail. For this we need to make the changes in Chrome settings.
So open Google Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
Then select Settings.
Click on Privacy and Security in the left pane.
Click on Site settings.
Under “Permissions”, click Additional permissions.
Then click on Protocol managers.
Make sure the Sites can request to manage protocols the option is selected.
Now open Gmail on Chrome. You should see a pop-up from Gmail asking you to set it as default for opening email links. Click on To allow.
And that’s all! You have now configured Chrome to have all of your Mailto links open in Gmail.
Top things to do when setting up Google Chrome for the first time on Windows 11
Besides the above, there are a few other things you should be looking to do when setting up Chrome on Windows 11 for the first time. Thanks to Microsoft, making Chrome the default browser has become cumbersome, so you might as well make the most of it now that you’ve made it the default browser.
Sign in to your Google account
Chrome without Google Account integration is like a house without a mailbox. Everything still works, but you’re much better off with it than without. Here’s how to sign in to your Google Account on Chrome.
Open Google Chrome and click on the profile icon in the upper right corner.
Then click on Add basically.
Click on Log in.
Enter your email address and click Next.
Enter your password and click Next.
You have now linked your Google account to your Chrome profile. We also recommend that you turn on sync so that your passwords, favorites, and history are synced across all of your devices. Click on Yes i am in.
Import saved bookmarks and passwords
If you were using a different browser all this time, you might want to import all those saved bookmarks and passwords into Google Chrome. Assuming you’re using Edge, here’s how to export bookmarks from Edge and import them into Google Chrome.
Open Chrome and click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
Click on Settings.
Then click on Import favorites and settings.
Choose Microsoft Internet Explorer and click Import.
Click on Ended.
And There you go! You have now successfully imported your browser history, bookmarks, passwords, etc. in Chrome.
Set home page and start page
Since you’re using Chrome, you’ll also want to configure your home page and start page preferences. Here’s how to set the home page and start page:
Click on the three dots icon in the upper right corner.
To select Settings.
Click on When the engine starts on the left (or scroll all the way down and click on it.)
Then select an option to configure your start page. We want to make sure we pick up where we left off, so we pick up Continue where you left off.
If you want to open a new tab each time, click Open the new tab.
If there is a specific page you want to open, click Open a specific page or set of pages.
Then click on the three dots next to specify the page.
Click on Edit.
Type the URL of the site and click to safeguard.
Change the download destination
By default, all Chrome downloads go to the “Downloads” folder on your computer. To change the location, go to the same Chrome Settings page as previously discussed. Then click on Advanced to the left.
Then select Downloads.
To change the location of downloads, click Switch.
Navigate to the folder you want as the new downloads location, and click Select folder.
If you want to be asked where to save a file each time you download, enable Ask where to save each file before downloading.
Sign in to Google without signing in to Chrome
If you want to sign in to Google but don’t want to sign in to Chrome, you just need to turn off the Chrome sign in option. Here’s how to do it:
Go to Chrome settings as previously mentioned. Then click on Synchronization services and Google.
Then, under “Other Google services”, deactivate Allow connection to Chrome.
When prompted, click Switch off.
So here is how you can set Google Chrome as your default browser and customize it so that you can get the most out of it on Windows 11.