Microsoft has its own applications in Windows 10 to work with any file you want to open or create, but there is a personal choice for users to set applications for each program they want to use. For example, if you want to open all your web files in Google Chrome, but the default program is Microsoft Edge, you can change the default setting in Google Chrome. There is a feature in Windows 10 that lets you set the programs of your choice to open specific files. This article describes the entire process for changing the default programs in Windows 10.

Change Default Programs in Windows 10

In order to change the default programs in Windows 10 follow this procedure step by step:

Click the Search button. Type Settings in the search bar and select the Settings option as the following image is showing:

Windows Settings App

Once you have selected the Settings option you will be on the Windows Settings screen. It will appear like this:

App Settings

Select Apps option from Windows Settings as highlighted in the above image. You will be on the settings of all programs and application of the Windows 10 and screen will appear like this:

Default Apps

Once you are on the settings of Windows’ applications and programs. Select the Default apps option from the left side of the screen as highlighted in the above image.

Here you can change the default programs of Windows. The Default apps screen will look like this:

Choose Default Apps

Now as you can see in the above image that there are programs’ names and their default applications in which files of those programs will open. Click on any application as highlighted in the above image. As you will click on any application, a menu with related applications will open and you can choose the application of your choice to make it default for that program. As you will click on any application the menu will appear like this:

Choose Default Image Viewer

As the above image is showing the default application for the program Photo Viewer is Photos. If you want to change the default for this program, you can choose Paint 3D from the menu and it will be the default program of Photo Viewer and all files of this program will be opened in this application.

Photo Viewer

Now the above image is showing that Photo viewer’s default is Paint 3D.

Now, what if you want to change the default of a program that is not on this list? Scroll down on this screen and there are two options:

  • Choose default apps by file type
  • Choose default apps by protocol

Select Choose default apps by file type and the following screen will appear:

Choose default apps by file type

On the above screen, there are file extensions and their default programs. You can choose and change the default application of your choice. For example, there is a file type .3gp and its default application Movies & TV, but you want to change its default program. Click on the application and select another application of your choice as the default of .3gp file type. As the following image is showing:

Choose an app

Choose an application from the menu or download the application from the store and it will be the new default application.

Select another option which is Choose default apps by protocol and the following screen will appear:

Choose default apps by protocol

Here on this screen left side is having protocol name and the right side has the default application. You can change the defaults with the same procedure as above.

Conclusion

By following this procedure you can change the default programs in Windows 10. Sometimes users don’t like the default programs which Windows has set for them. There is an option given to the users to change the default programs against any application.

How to Change Default Programs in Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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