How to Set a Default Application in Windows


This article will explain 2 different methods to set an application as default in the Windows operating system


Where to Start:


Method 1:


  • Right-click the file you want to change the default application for
  • Hover your cursor over "Open With"
  • Click "Choose another app"
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  • Select your preferred application and make sure the box is checked to "Always Use This App"
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  • Click "OK.  The new default is now set.



Method 2:


  • Click the Search icon next to the Start Menu
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  • Type "Default"
  • Click the option for "Default Programs"
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  • You can set the most common defaults on the main screen by left clicking them and choosing the appropriate application
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  • If you don't see the app you want to use, select the option "Set defaults by app" at the bottom of the window.
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  • Click the program you want to set as the default
  • Select the option "Set this program as default"
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