Microsoft Edge is the default browser on Windows, as you would expect given that it is Microsoft’s own platform. However, the company gives users the choice to switch to other default browsers, one of which is Mozilla Firefox. We recently reported how switching to another default browser (or any program) would become more difficult in Windows 11.
To overcome Microsoft’s various paths to change the default, Mozilla quietly made some changes. The company makes it easier for users to switch to Firefox on a permanent basis. The changes will work on Windows 11, as well as Windows 10.
With the release of Firefox version 91, Mozilla included a method to set the default browser in Windows. In fact, it was clever reverse engineering, taking Microsoft’s one-click default choice for Edge and applying it to Firefox.
In other words, it is now possible to set Firefox as default directly in the browser.
“People should be able to set defaults simply and easily, but they don’t.” Mozilla tells The Verge. “All operating systems should offer official developer support for the default status so that users can easily set their applications to default. As this did not happen on Windows 10 and 11, Firefox relies on other aspects of the Windows environment to provide users with a similar experience that Windows provides to Edge when users choose Firefox as their browser. fault.
Windows 11 changes
With the launch of Windows 11 next month, it will be more difficult to set non-Microsoft apps as default.
In Windows 11, users only have one chance to see and select browser alternatives before Microsoft hides them. by default.
Unless you choose to “always use this app” this first time, the browser will not become the default. Of course, this is the same as normal and equal to Windows 10. Users can just right click on any file, web link, application or shortcut and choose “Open with” option, then “always use this app”.
In Windows 11, this process is different and more confusing. Instead of a toggle like “always use this app” or “always open with this program”, Microsoft is changing the app’s default settings. The company will now require users to set default values for each type of link or file. Yes, instead of a universal toggle you should use every format like HTML, PDF, SVG, HTTPS, etc.
For example, to set Mozilla Firefox as the default browser, you would need to change the default to 11 individual file types. Of course, this is too complex a process, the only explanation being that Microsoft is trying to make it harder for users to choose other browsers.
Tip of the day: Did you know that your data and privacy could be at risk if you run Windows 10 without encryption? A bootable USB drive with a live-linux distribution is often just enough to access all of your files.
If you want to change that, check out our step-by-step BitLocker guide where we show you how to enable encryption for your system drive or any drive you may be using on your computer.