Google Chrome is a web browser with a lot of capability. When you start implementing extensions to make chores easier and faster, it becomes much more capable. There are a few things to bear in mind if you’re upgrading your default browser to Google Chrome on Windows 11.
Why use Google Chrome in the first place?
There are a few characteristics of Google’s web browser that are worth noting. To begin with, Google Chrome is quite easy to sync across platforms. All of your history, bookmarks, addresses, and passwords are synced across all of your devices. This means you can securely register into a website on a Samsung Galaxy S21 with a new password, and your password will be saved for quick access the next time you log in on a PC running Windows 11 with Chrome. Chrome will have access to all of your data regardless of whatever device it is installed on.
Another reason – and, for many, the primary reason – is Google Chrome’s speed. Google Chrome will retain impressively fast speeds as long as addons are kept to a minimum and less than 100 tabs are open. There are thousands of extensions available on the Chrome Web Store, each with its purpose. They can include everything from easy access to website services to the ability to download a PNG or JPG from any website. Google Chrome’s extension support is incredible, and it makes the browser even more useful.
Chrome, in general, is quick to accept new standards. A browser must be up to date and relevant since what the internet has to offer, as well as how it gives it, is continuously changing. Chrome is excellent at this. Furthermore, Google has committed to regular updates for the sake of security and user experience. As a result, when it comes to security, Chrome offers a little more than Microsoft Edge.
While previous versions of Windows allowed you to choose Google Chrome as your default browser with just a few clicks, this is no longer the case with Windows 11. Users could previously set it as their default browser, and any file type linked with internet browsers would open in Google Chrome. Users on Windows 11 must specify which program to use for each file type individually. Changing the default program for an HTM file from Edge to Chrome will not alter it for an HTML file type, both in theory and in practice. If you don’t set the HTML default app to Google Chrome, you’ll find yourself launching Microsoft Edge when you thought Chrome was the default.
As a result, here’s where you may go to get it fixed:
In Windows 11, go to the Settings menu. To do so, go to Start and then to the right-hand side to the gear symbol. Locate and click Apps on the left side. Select Default apps from the drop-down menu in that area.
Scroll down until you locate Google Chrome, and click it if it isn’t already installed
For each of these file types, you can set Google Chrome as the default on this page. You don’t have to change every single one of them to Google Chrome, and it’s not always a good idea. For example, you might want to set. Instead of Chrome, open PDFs with a PDF editor.
The simplest way to make Chrome your default browser is to simply change the file types that are currently assigned to Microsoft Edge to Google Chrome. This will open Google Chrome instead of Edge when you click on a file type. Simply click the current default program and look for Google Chrome among the windows that display to change a file type’s default. Choose it and click OK.
It only takes a few minutes, but it will save you a lot of time in the future. Even yet, we wish everything was as simple as it was in Windows 10. Overall, if you open a file type that is connected with a web browser in Windows 11, it should open your new default browser, Google Chrome.