Can’t Set Default Apps on Windows 10: Change Default Programs (Settings Page) Easily

When you install a new Windows 10 on your system, the OS lets you view images, play movies, play music, and browse the internet without installing additional apps. All of this is made possible by the stock apps that come pre-installed on the OS.

Stock apps are set as default for their file types and phone handling. When you have a new installation of Windows 10, the Photos app has already opened JPGs and PNGs.

Of course, not everyone likes or continues to use these stock apps. Many people have a different choice for browsers, image viewers, media players, image editors, and more.

You cannot modify Windows 10 default apps

When you install a different app on Windows 10, it may or may not ask for it to be set as the default application for the file types it handles. If it does not want to be set as the default application, you have to make the change manually.

Unfortunately, sometimes when users switch default apps on Windows 10 to a different / non-stock app, the change will not continue. Files, when double clicked, open in the original default applications.

1. Change default apps on Windows 10

If the application you installed tried to set it as the default application for its file type, and it provided you with a UI for doing so, it may not have worked. In that case, you need to manually modify the default app.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Apps> Basic Apps.
  3. Click app type, and select the new default app from the list.

Change default apps on Windows 10

2. Change the default app from file properties

You can set the default file type application from the file itself. For example, if you have an MP3 file on your desktop, you can set a default application to open from the file’s properties.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the file you want to set a default app for.
  3. Right-click on the file and select real estate from the context table.
  4. Go to General tab.
  5. Click Change.
  6. Select the new basic app from the record.
  7. Click OK and open the file.

3. Change the default app from Open With menu

You can change the default app from the Windows 10 Open With option.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the file you want to set a default app for.
  3. Right-click on the file and select Open With from the context table.
  4. Select the Choose another app option at the bottom of the submenu.
  5. In the opening window, sselect the new default app.
  6. Enable the Always use this app to open the file type.
  7. Click OK and open the file.

4. Modify the default application with a file extension

Default apps can be set with a file extension eg an app that opens all MP3 or OGG files.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Apps> Default apps.
  3. Scroll down and click Select default apps by file type.
  4. Look for the file extension for file type you want to set a default app for.
  5. Click Choose normal or the currently installed app as usual.
  6. Choose a different app.

5. Set default with app

Some apps can automatically set themselves as the default app for some file types but most do not have this option. Windows 10, however, allows users to fix bugs with an app.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Apps> Deficiencies of apps.
  3. Scroll down and click Fix deficiencies by app.
  4. Select an app and click Lead.

  1. Click on the app that is set for file type.
  2. Select the app you want to set it from the table.

6. Uninstall and reinstall the app

Windows 10 may not be to blame for the default app not being installed. There is a problem with the installation.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Select the app you are trying to set it as the default application for file type.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the top.
  4. Once submitted, reset the app and try the above ways to set it as the default app.

Conclusion

Windows 10 sometimes struggles to modify the default app for a particular file type but, in general, it has become better at handling these types of changes. Modifying the default app for a file type is not something that requires administrative rights so a user with custom rights can apply the above solutions, however, in some cases, a system administrator can force users to use a particular app and in that case, you will not be able to modify the default app for file without the permission of the system administrator.

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