How to Set Your Default Apps in Windows 10 – Easy Guide!

It is not the first time that Microsoft Windows is providing you the options to set default programs or apps to do certain stuff. Microsoft Windows comes bundled with many inbuilt programs that can be used to do stuff. Windows 10 comes with Windows Media Center that can be used to play music, movies, etc. It also comes with Photo Viewer to view pictures.

But we have alternatives available that people like in a better way so why not use them. Let us take an example as to why you need to have a default program to do a task. It might be frustrating for you to open your picture in Photo Viewer all the time if you want to view the image in some other photo viewer app which is available for Windows 10.

But it is very easy to set default apps in Windows 10 as compared to earlier versions of Windows and in this post we are going to see How to Set Your Default Apps in Windows 10. Let’s start.

How to Set Your Default Apps in Windows 10 – Procedure

The process is very straightforward, and we will be using screenshots at every step so that you know what exactly you need to do.

  • Start off by going into Settings. To go into settings just open the start menu and click on the settings option.

  • It will open up the Settings window, and you will see a bunch of options here.
  • Look for System and this is the place you need to click to open.


  • When you open the System window, you will see a bunch of options which will be presented to you in a list.


  • Scroll down and look for Default apps. This will open a new window where you will be able to see a list of apps and programs set to do different things like playing music, watching videos, viewing photos etc.


Now there are a few ways you can set default apps in Windows 10 and we are going to take a look at all of them one by one.

Choose Default Apps by File Type


Now in this option window you will be shown a bunch of file formats and you can choose these formats and just set the default app or program for it. You will see the file formats that Windows 10 is expected to handle. Take a look at the screenshot below.


Choose default apps by Protocol

Here you will find much more control over your options as how your PC manages specific requests from programs and devices. For Example, if a program has an internal protocol URL:ms-photos this will be opened in the program you have set for that specific protocol.

Set defaults by app

Now, if all these new things are not making sense to you and you want to do this stuff the old way via Control Panel, then this is the option you need to choose. You can choose which files will be opened or which files will run by a specific app on your PC and you will find a list of apps and programs on your PC.

You can choose the app or program and you can choose to Set the program as default or if you would like to specify which file extension it opens, then you can do that with options Choose defaults for this program.

For example, I have chosen Picasa in the above case which is a photo synchronizing tool for Google users. I prefer the Picasa photo viewer over the native Windows photo viewer so I can either choose to set this program as default or I can go ahead and choose the files it will open.

So, this was a post in which I showed you how to set default apps in Windows 10 and also showed you how this works. If you have any questions you can get them answered in the comments section below.

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  1. In Windows 10, I lost ability to use cd player. Player no longer showed as a device on my PC. Could not find a solution with MS and Dell offered no support.
    Fell back to W7. bye bye W10

  2. I have microsoft edge but it won’t open In windows 10 any ideas why thanks

  3. Can anyone tell me if there is still a app/icon for desktop. I’ve tried looking everywhere, but nothing. Thanks.

  4. Are you getting any error message ?

  5. Icon for Desktop? It needs to be placed on the desktop 😐 You can use Windows + Tab key to access Task View and add or access multiple desktops

  6. i want my windows 7 home premium back. this is too much. my speakers no longer work since i downloaded windows 10 and i can’t get the games i had. everythimng is very slow to come up.

  7. I can’t add anything to favorites I lost all my book marks I really hate windows 10 I am not a computer expert wish I had my time back

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