Windows 10 Tutorials 73 – Default Apps

Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of the upcoming Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you different ways to choose default apps which open files in Windows 10.

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A default app is the program that Windows automatically opens or run the app in. A .docx file for example, will always open up in Microsoft Word.

How to choose Default App in Open with Context Menu:

  • Right click on the file and select Open with.
  • Click on the list of apps to open the file in this time only.

Default Apps

  • To choose another app to associate to open this file type, click on Choose another app. Choose from one of options below:
    1. More apps: Select from list of apps available.
    2. Look for an app in the Store: Search in the Store app and install an app to open the file with.
    3. Look for another app on this PC: Will open File Explorer where you can browse to app location and select it.
    4. Check the box next to Always use this app to open files to associate the selected app and permanently open the file with this app in future.

Default Apps

How to choose Default Apps in Settings:

  1. Open Settings, and click on the System icon.
  2. From the option on the left hand side, click on Defaults.
  3. To select Default app for an app type, click on an app type like Photo Viewer and choose an app to be the default.
  4. To select Default app by file type, click on the Choose default apps by file type link at the bottom of the right side.


You can also reset all file type associations to Microsoft recommended defaults. To reset apps follow these steps:
Open Settings, and click on the System icon.

  1. From the option on the left hand side, click on Defaults.
  2. Click on the Reset button at the bottom of the right side.

Note: The default app you choose will only apply to your account and won’t affect other accounts on same computer.

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