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Add or Remove 'Look for an app in the Store' in Open with in Windows 10

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The Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 offers various apps, games, music, movies & TV, and books that users can browse through, purchase, or get for free to download and install for their Microsoft account in Windows 10 PCs and devices.

The Open with context menu allows users to choose an app to be their default app for the current file type.

By default, users can select either option below in Open with:
  • 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.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Look for an app in the Store option in Open with for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove "Look for an app in the Store".

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Add or Remove "Look for an app in the Store" in Open with using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: To Add or Remove "Look for an app in the Store" in Open with using a REG file


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Remove 'Look for an app in the Store' from Open with in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Remove 'Look for an app in the Store' from Open with in Windows 10
To Add or Remove "Look for an app in the Store" in Open with using Local Group Policy Editor

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Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option TWO below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Internet Communication Management\Internet Communication settings

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3. In the right pane of Internet Communication settings in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off access to the Store policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (add) or step 6 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Add "Look for an app in the Store" to Open with

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Remove "Look for an app in the Store" from Open with

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Remove 'Look for an app in the Store' from Open with in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Remove 'Look for an app in the Store' from Open with in Windows 10
To Add or Remove "Look for an app in the Store" in Open with using a REG file

Note   Note
The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

NoUseStoreOpenWith DWORD

(delete) = Add
1 = Remove

1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Add "Look for an app in the Store" to Open with

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Store.reg

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 3. To Remove "Look for an app in the Store" from Open with

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Store.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn