Since its release, Windows 11 has been an OS with many criticisms around it. Among them all, one that users were very mad about is how it handles default apps. Looking back, things were not difficult at all in Windows 10. But Microsoft decided to change things up and make the default app handling worse in the new OS.
For example, if you do not want Edge to open up every time you click a webpage or PDF, you will be forced to visit the Windows 11 settings tab. There, you have to manually change the default app, that, too, for each app. It’s really a long process and requires too many steps. But it seems Microsoft has finally decided to fix things for good.
Microsoft Will Make It Easier to Set Default Apps in Windows 11
In a blog post published Friday, Microsoft affirmed that they are working to enhance the Windows PC experience. The company announced a feature that will supposedly let Windows 11 users be more in control of default apps. And later this year, Microsoft will introduce a new deep link uniform resource identifier (URI) to make things easier for users.
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The deep link URI will allow the developers to send users to the correct section of the Settings menu when they want to change how Windows 11 handles specific links and files. Microsoft says it will also give users more control over the apps pinned to their desktops.
With a public API, Microsoft also plans to make the start menu and taskbar feel and function properly. This API will display a prompt, letting you grant programs the permissions before they pop up in interface elements. And before arriving to the public, these features will roll out in the Windows 11 Insider Dev channel. So, expect to see more coverage soon.