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"

  • Select your preferred application and make sure the box is checked to "Always Use This App"
  • Click "OK.  The new default is now set.

Method 2:

  • Click the Search icon next to the Start Menu

  • Type "Default"
  • Click the option for "Default Programs"

  • You can set the most common defaults on the main screen by left clicking them and choosing the appropriate application

  • If you don't see the app you want to use, select the option "Set defaults by app" at the bottom of the window.

  • Click the program you want to set as the default
  • Select the option "Set this program as default"