How to Disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

How to Disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

Windows, like any other operating system, comes with a set of pre-installed apps as well. Users may or may not like it, but they might use it to some extent. For instance, its web browser Microsoft Edge is an application that is rarely chosen over its competitors: Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. The procedure of entirely disabling Microsoft Edge from opening any web pages, URLs, or any other form of file is to change the default setting of the app. Unfortunately, it is a little more complex than in earlier versions of Windows. However, just because something is difficult does not necessarily imply that it cannot be done. We bring to you a helpful guide that will teach you how to disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 permanently.

How to Disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

How to Permanently Disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11

The only way how to permanently disable Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 is to modify all of the default file types and link them to a different browser. Follow the given steps to do so:

1. Click on Start and type Settings in the search bar. Then, click on Open, as depicted.

Start menu search results for Settings

2. In the Settings window, click on Apps in the left pane.

3. Then, click on Default apps in the right pane, as shown.

Apps section in the Settings app. How to completely disable Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

4. Type Microsoft Edge in the Search box provided and click on Microsoft Edge tile.

Default app screen in Settings app

5A. Choose a different web browser from Other options to set it for the respective file or link type. Repeat the same for all file types such as .htm, .html, .mht & .mhtml.

Changing default app. How to completely disable Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

5B. In case, you do not find the application of choice from the given list, click on Look for another app on this PC and navigate to the installed app.

Looking for other apps installed in PC

6. Finally, click on OK to set it as the default app for all file & link types.


We hope you found this article interesting and helpful on how to disable Microsoft Edge in Windows 11. You can send your suggestions and queries in the comment section down below. Stay tuned for more information on Windows 11!

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.


  1. Didn’t find anything callled other apps. They hid it somewhere

  2. My up to date (3/18/2023) Windows 11 often did not look like what was presented. Several edge defaults had no options. And “OK” was not available for the changed group of defaults, so who knows if it was at all effective. Firefox is the set browser supposedly, but I found edge roaming around my computer syning my browsers etc, which set me off on this quest.

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