How to Make Vivaldi Browser Default in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to install and make Vivaldi their default web browser in Windows 11. Vivaldi, a relatively new web browser designed for everything you need out-of-the-box, and there are many users who would rather use Vivaldi than Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

Vivaldi is built for speed and efficiency, and supports Widows, Linux and Mac OS. For users looking for web browser built to speed up web browsing, Vivaldi should be considered.

The default web browser in Windows 11 is the new Microsoft Edge browser. Most people might not realize that the new Edge is better and more useful than the old one, and may not be opened to using it, and instead are switching to Vivaldi or another browser make it their default browser.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Windows computer to use, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and was released on October 5, 2021.

To get started with making Vivaldi your default web browser, follow the steps below.

Set Vivaldi as default web browser on Windows 11

By default, the new Microsoft Edge is the default browser in Windows 11. To configure Vivaldi as default and always use it as your preferred browser, follow the steps below.

This post assumes that Vivaldi web browser is already installed on your computer. If not, go and download Vivaldi using the link below.

Download the Vivaldi Browser for Computer

Once downloaded, install it and continue below to make it your default web browser on Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, select Default apps on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

When Default apps settings opens, use the search box and type Edge to search for and set the default app for applications.

Microsoft Edge will appear in the result below. Click on Microsoft Edge.

The next page will list all the default file types and link types that Edge is the default for. Simply select each types and switch from Edge to Vivaldi.

When you select Microsoft Edge, a pop out window will prompt you to check out Edge before switching. If you still want to switch, click Switch anyway.

For each file type, choose Vivaldi to be the default, then click OK to confirm and switch.

Sometimes, when you select a file extension, you won’t see Vivaldi right away to switch to. Click on the More app link to show hidden Vivaldi.

When you’re done, each file type should be switched to Vivaldi.

That should be it! Vivaldi should now be the default web browser for Windows 11.


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