Microsoft has done many extensive changes in Windows 11 UI. One thing you will notice after installing Windows 11 is the Widgets option in Taskbar. The new Windows 11 widgets automatically create an AI-powered personalized feed of news, weather, sports, and other updates, based on user interest. You can even customize your feed by adding or removing widgets, even can resize widgets. Overall, it is very similar to iOS and iPadOS widgets. But, when you click on any article from Widgets, it opens in Microsoft Edge by default. Even Windows 11 web searches open in Edge Browser, no matter your default browser is Google Chrome. Well, thankfully, there is still a way to redirect Windows 11 widgets from Edge to Chrome.
Yes, by using Edge Deflector and Chrometana Pro, you can redirect Windows 11 searches. Like similarly we used to do in Windows 10 for Cortana Searches. Though, since Windows 11 settings app completely changed. So now, the steps are not the same as Windows 10.
Edge Deflector will force links to open in Chrome (or your default browser.). And Chrometana Pro Extension will redirect Windows 11 web searches to Google from Bing. Ok, without a further delay, let’s get through the setup process.
Redirect Windows 11 Web Searches and Widgets Links From Edge to Chrome
Disable Real-time protection.
EdgeDeflector is an open-source application, but still, Windows Defender detects it as a virus. In addition, because the application helps users to use another browser instead of Microsoft Edge, it would be best if you disabled Real-time protection.
Search for Windows Security App and open it.
Click on Virus and threat protection.
After that, click on the “manage settings” option visible under Virus and threat protection settings.
That’s it, now turn off Real-time protection. UAC window will appear for confirmation; click on Yes.
Install and Setup EdgeDeflector
EdgeDeflector is a tiny application that forces Windows 11 to use your favourite browser. It only runs for a microsecond when needed, so it will not consume much system resources. It intercepts URIs that force open in Microsoft Edge and redirects it to the system’s default browser.
Download the latest version of the EdgeDeflector Installer file from Github.