How to change default app for any file type in Windows 10?

There is a default app set for every file type in Windows 10. If you open an image file that has .jpg extension, it will open in Photos app. But, if you want every .jpg file to open with Paint, you’ll have to change the default app for .jpg file type from Photos to Paint.

In this article, I am going to share two ways that you can use to change the default program for any file type in Windows 10.

Change default programs through Window 10 Settings

Click Windows Start button and click on Settings.

click to open Windows Settings

In the Windows Settings windows, you’ll see many options. Click Apps to open app related settings. It will take you to Apps & features window that will show you list of all the apps installed in the computer.

Now, click Default apps at the left side and at the right side, below Reset button, you’ll find three links. Click Choose default apps by file type.

windows 10 default apps window

Now, you will see a list of file types with the default app associated to the file type.

list of default apps with file types

To change default app for .jpg file type, click Photos and it will show a list of apps to select.

select app to set default

To set Paint as the default app for all the images with .jpg file type, select Paint.

That’s it. Now, when you open any .jpg file, it will open in Paint program.

Change default programs through File Properties

To use this method, you have to open Properties of any file with the file type you want to change the default program for. In our case, we want to change default app for .jpg file types so we’ll go to Properties of any .jpg file.

open File Properties

You can open Properties of any file by selecting the file and do right-click on the file. Click Properties and you will see Properties window of the selected file.

Properties window

In the above image, you can see that the program name for the selected file is set as Paint. It means if you click this file to open, it will open in Paint program. To change it to another app, click Change button and it will show you a list of apps.

app list to open file
app

To set Photos as the default app for all the images with .jpg file type, select Photos and click OK button. This way, all the files with .jpg extension will open with Photos app.

I hope this article helps you change the default app for any file type. I would recommend you to subscribe our YouTube channel – LM Skills Academy and also follow us on Instagram @lmskillsacademy for more learning.

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