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How to change the default apps in Windows 10

How to change the default apps in Windows 10

by AshwinAugust 4, 2015

Now we that are settling comfortably in to Windows 10, it is time to look into the finer aspects in the new operating system.


One thing that you should know about Windows 10, is that it automatically assigns default apps for all file formats and actions, like playing an MP3 File or a Document.

For e.g.: If you used Foxit as your PDF reader, you will find that Windows 10 opens PDFs, in its new browser, Microsoft Edge, by default.

Like wise, clicking on a web URL, will initiate Microsoft Edge, which will load the webpage in the browser. This move was particularly blown out of proportion by Mozilla, who cried foul that Microsoft is being unfair to user’s choice of browsers, and that it hurt Firefox users. But it is not the case, you can simply change the default browser to Firefox (or any app of your choice) within a matter of seconds.

How to change the default apps in Windows 10:

1. Click on the Start Button.

2. Now click on the Settings App.

3. Select the very first option, “System”.

4. On the left pane of the Settings App, you will find a long list of options. Select the penultimate one, which says “Default Apps’.

5. Now on the right hand side, the pane displays a list of apps and their default app handlers.

6. Click on any option, and a small pop-up should appear which displays the list of apps which you can set as the “Default App” to perform the action.

For e.g.: If you wish to change the default browser of Windows 10, click on the last option “Web Browser”, and a list of all installed browsers will appear. Select the one you wish to use, and you are good to go.

Apart from the Web Browser, you can also change the default app for Calendar, Email, Maps, Music Player, Photo Viewer, and Video Player. There is also a “Reset” button, clicking on which will reset all default apps to Microsoft’s own set of recommended apps.

If you wish to set the default apps for various file types, or for certain protocols (file actions), or both, click on the respective options found at the bottom of the list of options in the right pane of the Default Apps tab. I recommend using the file format and protocol options, because they are more user friendly than the latter.


All you need to do is scroll down the list, the file format is displayed in the left pane, and its default app is displayed right next to it on the right pane.