A change spotted in the Google Chrome source code shows that the browser should become the default browser on Windows 11 more easily.
Switching browsers on Windows 11 has been the subject of much debate. Microsoft has made it particularly difficult to choose the default browser on Windows 11 in 2021. An update in March 2022 fortunately fixed the problem. Now, a passage in the Windows settings makes it easier to choose the default browser.
We understand, however, why web browser publishers are looking for new methods to make the choice of the default browser trivial. This is the case of Google which should soon offer it in an update to Google Chrome.
One button to adjust everything
It was Leopardeva64-2 who spotted this change and posted it on Reddit, before being shared by the Neowin site. The change in the source code of Chromium, the project that serves as the basis for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. This is a new button added by Google that will allow you to switch to the default browser in one click.
Here is the description of the function of the new button.
Make Chrome the default browser. This function browses URL protocols and file associations related to browsing in general, e.g. HTTP, HTTPS, .html, etc., and directly setting the corresponding registry entries.
This operation is reminiscent of an update offered by Mozilla for Firefox. Until now, changing the default browser on Windows 11 had to go through Windows settings. Browsers could only redirect the user to the Windows 11 settings page.
With these changes, browsers will directly modify Windows 11 registry values corresponding to the browser’s choice. A more frightening operation for the security of the PC, touching the registry should always be a last resort, but which is justified in this case.
It is hoped that Microsoft will offer a simpler API for browser vendors in the future that might allow them to modify the default browser without tinkering with the operating system registry.
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