If you've ever encountered the problem that Windows tries to open a file in completely wrong application, you're not alone. Even if you can come around with the "Open with" command, there's a way to make sure you do not have to do it every time: Learn how to change file associations.
If you are not sure which file you want to change the association, right-click on the specific file and click "Properties" from the resulting menu. Look for "Type of File" at the top of the Properties window. The three letter designation next to it is its file type. You can do it on an individual file type or change all of them from one place.
Changing a File
The fastest method for changing a single file type is to do it from the "Open With" menu we mentioned. The only problem is that you can only change one file type at a time. If you want to change more than one file type, proceed to the next section.
Step 1: Right-click a file of the type you want to change
Step 2: Select "Open With" from the resulting menu.
Step 3: Windows then provides an app or list of apps that can act as default for that file type. If you see the one you want, select it and make sure the box labeled "Always use this app to open [file type] files" is selected.
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Step 4: When you're looking for an app in the store, click "More Apps" For an expanded list of already installed applications. Have found the app you want and it has been selected, just click on the gray "OK" button.
From now on all files of that type will be opened with your selected application.
] If you want to change some file types – or even all – the setting menu is the best place to go.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and
Alternatively search for "settings" in Windows search fields and click
Step 2: Select Apps from the list of options. Default Program from the left menu.
Step 4: Scroll down as needed and click Select default program by file type .
You will then be presented with a list of all file types Windows 10 supports their associated programs on the right side. If a file type does not have a special program set to handle it, there will be a gray "+" icon instead.
Step 5: Scroll through the list to find the file type for which you want to change the association. “/>
Step 6: Select the desired application from the list that appears and click the corresponding icon.
In there If there is no option, you can either download and download a compatible application from the web itself or select Search for an app in the store that will take you to the Microsoft Store. In the window that appears, relevant programs that open the current file type can be presented to you.
Once you have chosen your favorite application, it is! Your file associations are changing and your default application for the current file type will now be the one you want, rather than anything else. You can change others or change them the same way, but if you ever get a little trick with your file associations and just want to restore them to their default settings, here's our guide to restoring Windows.