How to change default app for file types in windows 10

Here we are going to on how to change default apps for file types in windows 10. There are many types of files which can be open by multiple programs. You may have different programs on your computer which can open a type of file like LibreOffice Writer and MS Word. Both can open “.doc” files.

Windows default sets these file type to default programs mapping for each file type like images files will open by default in the Windows 10 Photos app.

In case you are not happy with the default program setting on windows 10 and want to open the same file types with other program you desired, then you need to update default program settings.

Process to Follow:

Here is the step by step process to change the default program and file type mappings. Goto–>Settings → System. Select “Default apps” option

How to change default apps for file types in windows 10
default app setting

And click on “+” or app icon to select the desired app to open the selected file type by default.

 

 

As given in the above image for Email there are 3 options available. Are you not finding your desired app there? Then select the last option “Look for an app in the store” to check and download the correct app for the selected file type.

To see all the file types and default programs mapping; click on option “Choose default apps by file types” as given in the below image. In the same page, you can also change the default program for concern file type.

How to change default apps for file types in windows 10
Default apps settings

To see all the protocols available and default programs mapping then click on option “Choose default apps by protocol”.

How to change default apps for file types in windows 10Use “Set defaults by app” option (which will open the Set Default Programs in Control Panel window) to set the app defaults.

Set this program as default: Find your desired program in left hand side list and click this option. This is to set the program as a default program; to open (by default) all the file types supported by this program.

 




Choose defaults for this program: Click on this option to selected all the supported file types and set the this program as default one for file types.

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