How to use Open With for multiple files on Windows 10

There is a helpful option on the file context menu in Windows 10 called ‘Open With’. This option allows users to select any app to open a file with.

If you want to open a file with an app that is not set as its default app, you can use the Open With option. It’s easier than opening the app and then opening the file in it.

The only drawback of the Open With option is that it disappears if you select multiple files. While you can select multiple files and tap the Enter key to open them all in the default app, the Open With option will not work the same.

Open With for multiple files

Open With does not work with multiple files so to use them to open multiple files with the same app, you need to use a tool.

We are going to use shortcut and command line conversion, as well as the Send To option in the context menu to accomplish this.

Create a shortcut to an app

The first step is to create a shortcut and switch to the app you want to open multiple files in.

  1. Open the Start the record.
  2. Go to List of apps.
  3. Look for the app and drag & drop its tile on to the desktop to create a shortcut.
  4. Right-click on the next button and select real estate from the context menu.
  5. Go to Tab shortcut.
  6. in the target range, install this version at the end of the path /a.
  7. Click Enter.

Shortcut to Add to list

Now that the shortcut has been created and modified to open files, you need to show the app in the Send to menu submenu.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Enter the following in the location bar and tap Enter.
  1. Move next which you created in the previous step to the SendTo folder.

Use Open with for multiple files

Now that everything is set up, you can use the Send To option to open multiple files with the same app.

  1. Select multiple files (similar).
  2. Right click none of the files.
  3. Select Add to from the context table.
  4. Select the app you want to open the files.


This trick works for most apps but not all apps. To see if it works for the app you want to use, create a shortcut for the app. Drag & drop one abbreviated file. If the file opens in the app, this trick will work. If the app opens, but the file is not loaded, this trick will not work.

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