How to choose default programs to open files in Windows 10

Windows uses a default app that is assigned to document or a file for launching it. The default apps get changed over a period of time when you install third-party software. Typically many good programs let you choose which program you want to choose for opening the particular file extension at the time of installation, but unfortunately there are thousand other applications that won’t give you have chance and not even a notice that the default app is going to change. There is no easier way control how a program gets installed and we generally trust on the reputation of the developer of the software.

However, there is something which you can control in Windows 10, and this is what the intent of tutorial is  – to let you know know how to manage and assign which program you want to use for launching a file extension type. For example you have Adobe Acrobat suite installed to edit PDF and you find Adobe PDF reader too slow for opening PDFs, so you may want to use a fast and lightweight Foxit PDF reader solely for opening PDFs. Let’s get started.

On the taskbar, click on ‘Action Center’ and then ‘All settings’.

Action Center

Action Center

Click ‘System’ > ‘Default apps’. In the right pane, you can select the default apps for the programs. For example click on ‘Movies & TV’ and select ‘Windows Media Player’ to open videos in Windows Media Player instead of default ‘Movies & TV’ app.


Choose default app

Choose default app

To assign defaults for more file extensions, click on ‘Choose default apps by file type’.

More file extensions & protocol

More file extensions & protocol

You will get plenty of file types where you can assign default program for any kind of files on your PC.

default apps

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.