Changing file associations is quick and easy with these short steps
CHANGING ONE FILE
Step 1: Right-click on a file of the type you wish to change the association for.
Step 2: Select “Open with,” from the resulting menu.
Step 3: Windows will then offer you an app or a list of apps that can act as the default for that file type. If you see the one you want, select it and make sure that the box labeled “Always use this app to open [file type] files” is ticked.
If you don’t see your preferred app, click “More apps,” for an expanded list of already installed applications or contact us.
Step 4: When you’ve found the app you want and it has been selected, simple click the grey “OK” button.
From now on, any files of that type will be opened with your chosen application.
CHANGING ANY AND ALL
If you want to change a few different file types — or even all of them — then the Settings menu is the best place to go.
Step 1: Press Windows Key and “X” and click “Settings” from the resulting menu.
Alternatively, search for “Settings” in the Windows search bar and click the relevant result.
Step 2: Select “Apps” from the list of options.
Step 3: Click “Default apps,” from the left-hand menu.
Step 4: Scroll down if needed, and click “Choose default apps by file type.”
You’ll then be presented with a list of all of the file types Windows 10 supports with their associated applications on the right-hand side. If a file type doesn’t have a particular application set up to handle it, there will be a grey “+” icon instead.
Step 5: Scroll through the list to find the file type that you want to change the file association for. Click the application or “+” icon to its right.
Step 6: Choose your preferred application from the list that appears and click its corresponding icon.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred application, that’s it! Your file associations are changed and your default application for that particular file type will now be the one you want, rather than something else.
Originally published at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-change-file-associations/.
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