We all have our favorite apps for browsing, watching media, viewing photos, playing music and so on. In Windows 10, there’s a bunch of preset default Microsoft-made applications that let you browse and manage the above media. But, what if you want your own apps to launch by default for managing this type of content? Follow along below and we’ll show you how to configure your own default applications.
Configuring default apps in Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click on the Gear icon. This will open the Setting menu. From there, you’ll want to click on the big “System” button.
Next, navigate to the “Default apps” section. Once you’re in this section, you’ll be able to click on any of the categories to change your default application. Once you click on one of the categories, a pop-up will appear with a list of available applications for you to choose from.
For example, say you have Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge all installed on your computer. Once you click on the “Web Browser” category, all of those options will be shown in the pop-up. Selecting one of them will change that application to be your default application. That means any link or content that uses or requires a browser will be opened with the application you just chose as your new default app, as opposed to, say, the stock default Microsoft Edge.
You also have the option of selecting the “Look for an app in the Store” link. This will take you to the Windows Store, where your shown a list of applications for the category you selected. So, if you selected “Web Browser” and clicked on that link, you would be shown a bunch of different web browsers. If you clicked on the “Video” category and that link, you would be shown a bunch of different video players to choose from.
You’ll be able to download any of those recommendations and have it show up in the default apps pop-up list after it’s installed on your computer.
And that’s all there is to it! If you get extremely frustrated by links opening up in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer or videos opening up in Windows Media Player, this is a quick and easy way to remove that frustration.
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