Microsoft Edge is a vital part of Windows, hence initially being the browser of choice for internet surfing. However, many users are not familiar with Microsoft’s browser as they prefer the user experience of Google Chrome or Firefox. Making the switch is easier as there are several equally good alternatives. Like Edge, Google Chrome is based on the open-source Chromium project, offering comparative functionality with a more structured user interface. Mozilla Firefox, an open-source browser, is populated with numerous extensions by a large community. Other browsers such as Opera and Vivaldi, also based on the Chromium project, also exist.
Changing the default browser can be done via Windows Settings. In Windows 10, one can select the desired program on “Default apps” to set it as the default browser. In Windows 11, navigating to Settings, Apps, and Default apps is the key to making this change. Browsers themselves also have options for changing default settings.
File and protocol assignment for browsers require separate changes in Windows 10 and Windows 11. In Windows 10, changing such file associations separately can be done through specific settings in the apps section. In Windows 11, under Settings, Apps, and Default apps, one can search for a specific file or link type and make necessary changes there.
Chrome and Firefox, as an example, have the capability to import and manage favorites, also known as “Bookmarks.” Favorites can be saved as HTML files and can be transferred and imported between browsers.
Changing the default search engine is customizable within Edge, Chrome, and Firefox. Users can switch to a search engine such as Duckduckgo which collects minimal user information.
Management of bookmarks for multiple browsers can be done through apps such as Raindrop.io which allow for sorting, preview, and synchronization of bookmarks, passwords, and other data with other computers. While the free version has limitations, the paid version provides advanced functions such as full-text search and cloud backup of bookmarks.
In summary, users have multiple options for changing their default browser, managing favorites, and customizing search engines. With the use of available tools and extensions, the process becomes smoother and easier for users to switch between browsers seamlessly.