Default Programs

Default programs are controlled by windows by two methods. The first is a general setting for apps to use for email, media (such as music and video), and web browsing. The second gives you the ability to change default apps by file type. This can be helpful if, when you open a .pdf file, you see Microsoft Edge open instead of Adobe Reader.


Method 1 (Default Apps):


  1. Click on the search box in the bottom left corner of the screen and type default app settings.
  2. Open Default app settings by clicking on it in the results.
  3. The Default apps window should show you what Windows is using by default for various programs. Click on the icons to change each default to the desired application.


Method 2 (Default Apps by File Type):


  1. Click on the search box in the bottom left corner of the screen and type default app settings.
  2. Open Default app settings by clicking on it in the results.
  3. Scroll down and click Choose default apps by file type in blue lettering under default apps.
  4. There is a huge list of file types you can choose. We recommend only choosing ones you recognize. The file types are listed in alphabetical order.

Note: if you change a file type by mistake, you can always Reset the defaults by following steps 1 & 2 from Method 1 & 2 and clicking Reset under Default apps.