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    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10

    How to Choose Default Apps to Open Files with in Windows 10

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    20 Apr 2015 Last Updated: 15 Aug 2017 at 14:59

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    How to Choose Default Apps to Open Files with in Windows 10

    information   Information
    A default app is the program that Windows uses automatically when you open a particular file type or protocol.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset defaults and different ways to choose default apps used to open files and protocols for your account in Windows 10.
    Note   Note
    The default app you choose will only apply to your account and won't affect other accounts on the PC.

    The default email app must be one installed on your PC. You can't use a web-based email service, like Outlook.com, Gmail, or Yahoo! mail as the default email program.

    When you change a default app for a file type or protocol, you can't leave it blank. You must select a new app.

    CONTENTS:





    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    Reset to the Microsoft Recommended Default Apps

    Note   Note
    This option will reset all file type and protocol associations to the Microsoft recommended defaults for only your user account.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Defaults apps on the left side, and click/tap on the Reset button at the bottom of the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. You will now see a check mark to the right of the Reset button to indicate it has finished. (see screenshot below)

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    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Choose Default App in "Open with" Context Menu

    1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Choose App to Open this File

    NOTE: This will only open the file with the selected app for just this one time and not always by default.

    A) Right click or press and hold on a file, click/tap on Open with, and click/tap on a listed app (ex: Windows Photo Viewer) you want to temporarily open the file with. (see top screenshot below)

    OR

    B) Select a file, click/tap on the Home tab, click/tap on the Open menu arrow in the ribbon, and click/tap on a listed app you want to temporarily open the file with. (see bottom screenshot below)

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     3. To Choose another App to Open this File

    NOTE: You will be able to choose to always use the selected app to open the file type with by default.

    A) Right click or press and hold on a file, click/tap on Open with, and click/tap on Choose another app. (see top screenshot below)

    OR

    B) Select a file, click/tap on the Home tab, click/tap on the Open menu arrow in the ribbon, and click/tap on Choose another app. (see bottom screenshot below)

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    C) Select how you want to open this file. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    If the app you want to choose as the default to open this file with is not listed, then you can use either option below.

    More apps = Will list more apps to select from, and give you more options.

    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the file with.

    Look for another app on this PC = Will open File Explorer for you to navigate to and select an installed program to open the file with.

    Always use this app to open (file extension) files = To set the selected app to always open this file type by default.

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     4. To Choose App to Open this Unassociated File

    A) Right click or press and hold on an unassociated file, and click/tap on Open with. (see top screenshot below)

    OR

    B) Select an unassociated file, click/tap on the Home tab, click/tap on the Open menu arrow in the ribbon, and click/tap on Pick an app. (see bottom screenshot below)

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    C) Select how you want to open this unassociated file. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    You can use either option below.

    More apps = Will list more apps to select from, and give you more options.

    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the file with.

    Look for another app on this PC = Will open File Explorer for you to navigate to and select an installed program to open the file with.

    Always use this app to open (file extension) files = To set the selected app to always open this file type by default.

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    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Choose Default Apps in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Defaults apps on the left side, click/tap on an app type (ex: Email, Maps, Music player, Photo viewer, Video player, and Web broswer), and choose an app to be the default. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the app type with.

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    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Choose Default Apps by File Type in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Defaults apps on the left side, and click/tap on the Choose default apps by file type link at the bottom of the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Choose a default or current default app to the right of a file type, and choose an app to always open the file type with by default. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the file type with.

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    4. When finished choosing default apps by file type, you can close Settings if you like.





    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Choose Default Apps by Protocol in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Defaults apps on the left side, and click/tap on the Choose default apps by file protocol link at the bottom of the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the current default app (ex: Mail) to the right of a protocol (ex: MAILTO), and choose an app to always open the protocol with by default.
    Note   Note
    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the app type with.

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    4. When finished choosing default apps by protocol, you can close Settings if you like.





    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Set Defaults by App in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16215.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on Defaults apps on the left side, and click/tap on the Set defaults by app link at the bottom of the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on an app (ex: Photos) you want to set defaults for, and click/tap on the Manage button. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on the current default app (ex: Photos) to the right of a file type (ex: ,jpg), and choose an app to always open the file type with by default.
    Note   Note
    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the app type with.

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    5. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.





    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Set your Default Programs in Control Panel

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK.

    control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageDefaultProgram

    2. Do step 3 or step 4 below for what you want to do.


     3. To Set Selected Program as Default

    A) Select a program (ex: Windows Photo Viewer) on the left side, click/tap on Set this program as default on the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
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     4. To Choose Defaults for Selected Program

    A) Select a program (ex: Windows Photo Viewer) on the left side, click/tap on Choose defaults for this program on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Check the file extensions you want the selected program to open by default, click/tap on Save, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Repeat step 2 above if you would like to set any other default programs.

    6. When finished, click/tap on OK.






    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 OPTION EIGHT Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
    To Associate a File Type or Protocol with a Program in Control Panel

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK.

    control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms /page pageFileAssoc

    2. Select a file type (ex: .jpg) or protocol, and click/tap on the Change program button. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Select an app to always open this file type or protocol by default. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    If the app you want to choose as the default is not listed, then you can use either option below.

    More apps = Will list more apps to select from, and give you more options.

    Look for an app in the Store = Will open the Store app for you to select and install an app to open the file with.

    Look for another app on this PC = Will open File Explorer for you to navigate to and select an installed program to open the file with.

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    4. Repeat step 2 above if you would like to associate any other file types or protocols with a specific program.

    5. When finished, click/tap on Close.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    18 Oct 2015 #1
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    Any idea how to programatically set "always use this app for .ext files" ? by registry or batch or something.

    Didnt have this problem in win7, only started in win10. (never used win8 for that matter)

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    Last edited by biatche; 18 Oct 2015 at 03:32.
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  2.    18 Oct 2015 #2
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    If you check the box, it should use the selected app to open the file by default just like in Windows 7.
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  3.    18 Oct 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you check the box, it should use the selected app to open the file by default just like in Windows 7.
    i wanna do it via registry / cmd. otherwise ill need to click on each of the 50 extensions on every pc i setup
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  4.    18 Oct 2015 #4
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    I haven't test this yet, but you might look at the Microsoft article below to see if using the DISM command in it to export and import default app associations may help.

    You could set the default apps how you like on one PC, export the settings as an .xml file, then import them on other PCs.

    DISM Default Application Association Servicing Command-Line Options
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  5.    18 Oct 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I haven't test this yet, but you might look at the Microsoft article below to see if using the DISM command in it to export and import default app associations may help.

    You could set the default apps how you like on one PC, export the settings as an .xml file, then import them on other PCs.

    DISM Default Application Association Servicing Command-Line Options
    If this works, this sounds like a good plan. Thanks!
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  6.    11 Feb 2016 #6
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    Once more, nanny MS interferes with user preferences -- repeatedly. Accidental? Then MS is INCOMPETENT. Deliberate? Then MS is INAPPROPRIATE. Take your pick, it matters not in the long run. It all ends up at a place called CORPORATE IRRESPONSIBILITY. And this is something MS has ALWAYS been identified with. MS is the child that never has grown up. (Much like its founder.) That's why MS can't even be a proper authoritarian parent, much less a sensible enterprise.

    All the promises about Windows 10 being different are of course nonsense. And now we can add Intel to the mix. Its Management Engine Interface (MEI) and associated on-board chip on most main boards has rendered power management on laptops just about impossible in Windows 10 -- and it was already flaky in Win8.x and even sometimes in the somewhat passable Win7. My two (Dell Vostro 3350 from 2010, Acer v5-473 from 2014, both recently upgraded to Win10 Home and Pro respectively) won't hibernate, they won't sleep, they won't even shut down gracefully. All I can do is hold down the power button EVERY TIME. So I disabled the MEI driver in Device Manager as proposed by some in Internet tech forums, to who knows what effect -- but at least I can turn my pc's on and off again!

    Maybe it's time for Mr BIG (Bill "It's all about me" Gates) and Intel's Andy Grove to do a Steve Jobs and actually get back to running their respective companies that made them amongst the world's richest people, and this time around actually make them provide the services and quality they have always promised and NEVER consistently delivered on. All MS and Intel have ever done is suck in developers with freebies or do other things to cornet the market, and then use their heavy weight to take users hostage. That is why Intel and MS never really fix things and keep them fixed. Why worry too much about the condition of the hostages, as long as they're breathing (and buying) and can't escape?
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  7.    16 Feb 2016 #7
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    Is there a way to change the program which gets launched when you select "Edit" in the menu, like there was in Windows ME?
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  8.    16 Feb 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregyurkon View Post
    Is there a way to change the program which gets launched when you select "Edit" in the menu, like there was in Windows ME?
    Hello Greg,

    I haven't tested this in Windows 10, but it should work the same.

    Edit Context Menu - Change Default Program in Windows
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  9.    16 Feb 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Greg,

    I haven't tested this in Windows 10, but it should work the same.

    Edit Context Menu - Change Default Program in Windows
    Although the test wasn't exactly extensive, I tried it for assigning GIMP 2 to image files, and it does work for that. Thanks. (I also discovered yet another thing that other people probably already know, which is that if you associate an editor with the "Open" option, the context menu changes, but at least it changes back if you switch to a viewer.)
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