How to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 8 and 8.1
A default program is the program that Windows uses automatically when you open a particular type of file.
This tutorial will show you how to set an installed program or "Metro" app
as the default for all file types and protocols it can open in Windows 8
, Windows RT
, Windows 8.1
, and Windows RT 8.1
These Default Programs association settings are only applied to your user account and will not affect other users on the PC.
To Choose Default Programs in Control Panel in Windows 8 and 8.1
Open the Control Panel (icons view)
, and click/tap on the Default Programs
Click/tap on the Set your default programs
link. (see screenshot below)
In the left pane, click/tap on a listed program that you want to set it's default associations for, and do step 4 or 5
below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If a program you want to set is not listed, then you can make the program a default by associating a file type or protocol with it instead
4. To Set the Program to Open All File Types and Protocols it can by Default
5. To Choose Which File Types and Protocols the Program Opens by Default
A) On the bottom right side, click/tap on the Set this program as default link, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 3)
A) On the bottom right side, click/tap on the Choose defaults for this program link. (see screenshot below step 3)
B) Check the file extensions you want this program to be associated to open by default. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You will only be able to uncheck the file extenstions that you just checked and were not already checked before doing step 5A.
C) When finished, click/tap on the Save button, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)
Repeat step 3
if you would like to set the defaults for any other listed program.
When finished, click/tap on OK
. (see screenshot below step 3)
To Choose Default Apps in PC settings in Windows 8.1
Open PC settings
, and click/tap on Search & apps
on the left side. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Defaults
on the left side in "Search & apps", click/tap on the current default app
or + Choose a default
of what (ex: Web browser) you want to change the default app of, then click/tap on a listed installed app that you want set as it's default. (see screenshot below)
When finished, you can close
PC settings if you like.