In this short tutorial we will show you how to set the default programs that Windows will use to open certain files or protocols. This can be very useful especially when you install similar programs on your PC and you want to open certain things with an application and others with a secondary application.
In Windows 10, click the small search icon (magnifying glass) in the bottom-left corner of the screen and type: “Default programs” and then hit enter.
Windows 8: If you’re using the modern metro interface, then just start typing “default programs” and you should soon see the icon for the program. If you’re using the desktop version, then take your cursor to the top-right corner of the screen, menu opens and you can search for the program there.
Windows Vista and Windows 7: In the Start Menu search box type the word default and then click on the first result.
The Default Programs main window will open and you will see four options.
Click on the Set your default programs link.
After a short Loading… screen you will see a list with all the programs that you can configure.
Here you can set a program as default for a specific file type, extension or protocol. Let’s pick Internet Explorer as an example. Click on it and on the right side of the window you will see a small description of the program. Lower, there is a note that informs you if the program is set as the default for all the file types and protocols it can open.
As you can see, for this example, Internet Explorer is set as default for 3 out of a total of 9. If you want to set this program as default for every file type, protocol or extension it can open, click on the Set this program as default link.
When you have finished, click on OK.
If you want to edit what file types a program will open by default, select it and then click the Choose defaults for this program link.
A new window will open where you can set the program associations.
Here you can see all file types, extensions and protocols that Internet Explorer can open by default. If you want Internet Explorer to be the default for a specific extension or protocol, check the appropriate box right next to it. After you have made your selections click on Save and then on OK.
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