How to Change Default Program

Some programs, once installed on the PC, set themselves as default software for certain types of files. This means that the software previously present on the computer are "undermined" and the new ones open automatically as soon as you double click on a file that they are able to read.

Such behavior can create problems for less experienced users, who can suddenly find themselves with unwanted programs that try to open files that previously opened with other software, but fortunately this is a minor difficulty. Both Windows and macOS, in fact, offer settings to change the default programs in a very simple way, and today I'm here to explain how to use them best.

If you are interested in the subject, and then you find out how to change default program to open a given type of document, video, image or piece of music, do not waste any more time: read the instructions below and try to put them into practice. I assure you that it really is a breeze!

How to Change Windows 10 Default Program

You have a PC with it installed Windows 10 and you would like to understand how to change default program then? I'll immediately explain how to do it. First, click on the Start button (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbar and select the icon of Settings (Quella a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio) that you find in the menu that appears.

In the window that opens on the desktop, select the item Appwho quills Predefined app from the left sidebar and use the drop-down menus to set the default programs of all available categories: E-mail, Map, Music player, Photo viewer, Video player e Web browser.

If, on the other hand, you want to change the program set as default for a single type of file (e.g. PDF documents or images in JPG format), click on the item Choose default apps by file type that you find by scrolling the screen, select the type of file for which you want to change the default software and choose your favorite program from the adjacent drop-down menu.

Finally, I point out that by clicking on the item Choose default apps by protocol you can choose the programs to use to open special links, for example those for the IRC network, those for emails (mailto) and so on.

In addition to this, as I have already indicated, you can change the default program for a specific type of file by following this other procedure: right-click on a file that belongs to the type for which you wish to intervene and select the item Property give the menu to compare.

In the window that opens, select the tab General and click on the button Change placed next to the wording Open with. Then select the program you want to set as default to open the selected file type. If the program you want to use is not in the list, click on the item Other options and select it manually (choosing its file .exe present in the folder Programs of Windows).

To conclude, click on your button Apply e poi quello OK, in order to save the changes. Repeat the same procedure for all file types for which you intend to change default software and that's it. Easy, right?

How to Change Windows 7 Default Program

It was used Windows 7 or another less updated version of the operating system from Microsoft, that is Windows 8 / 8.x o Windows Vista, to change the default program with which a certain type of file opens, all you have to do is click on the button Start (I cheer with the windows flag) che trovi nella part in fund to sinistra della taskbar, look for the control panel in the menu that opens and select the collegamento to the latter from the search results.

In the window that appears on the desktop, first click on the icon Programs and then on the rumors Pre-defined programs e Set default programs. Wait, therefore, for the list of programs installed on your computer to be loaded and adjust the various preferences as you wish.

To set a program as default, all you have to do is select its name from the left sidebar (eg. Windows Media Player) and click on the button Set this program as the default. This will allow the selected software to automatically open all supported file types (eg for Windows Media Player, all video and music files).

If, on the other hand, you do not want to restore all the associations of a program but only the one for a certain type of file, click on the item Choose the default values ​​for this program. In the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the extensions for which you want to change the default program (eg. .mp3) and click on your button Hello located at the top right, to save the changes.

In addition to what I have just indicated, you can set a specific program as the default for an exact type of file by following the procedure that I described in the final part of the previous step regarding Windows 10, absolutely nothing changes.

How to Change Mac Default Program

I use a Poppy? No problem. Changing default software on macOS is as easy as it is on Windows. All you have to do is select a file that belongs to the file type for which you want to change the default program, right-click on it and choose the item Get information from the menu that appears. Alternatively, after selecting the file press the key combination cmd+i sulla tastiera of the computer.

In the window that opens (the one with the file properties), expand the pane Open with by clicking on dart adjacent, select the program you want to set as default from the drop-down menu that appears below and click on the buttons Edit all e Continue, to save the settings.

The procedure is valid for all versions, more or less recent, of the Apple operating system. If in the drop-down menu Open with you can't find the name of the application you want to set as default, select the item Other and choose the software you prefer from the folder Applications say macOS.

How to Change Android Default Program

You have a smartphone or tablet Android and do you want to change the default applications on the latter? Nothing easier. To do this, take your device, unlock it, access the home screen or drawer and tap the icon of Settings (Quella a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio), Then select the item App o Applications from the screen that opens.

At this point, select the icon of ruota d'ingranaggio located at the top right, touches the wording Predefined app and choose which one browser, phone app e app SMS use as default apps on android.

To remove the association between an application and a certain type of file (the one that is triggered when you choose to "always" open a file with a certain app), go to the menu Settings> Apps / Applications of Android, select the application you want to remove from the default apps, first touch on the wording Open by default and then tap the button Clear defaults.

When the operation is completed, trying to open a file that was previously associated with the selected app, you will be asked which application to view the item with, and then you can choose to set a new default app.

Please note that the information I have given you in this step may differ slightly from what you see on the screen of the device you are using. It all depends on the brand and model of smartphone or tablet you have, as well as the exact version of Android installed on it.

How to Change IOS / IPadOS Default Program

With the release of iOS 14 introduced the ability to set default browsers and email clients by choosing from some third-party apps verified by the same Cupertino giant.

To change the default app to browse online and manage your mail just go to Settings iPhone, select the name of the app to set as default, going up Default browser app / Default email app (option available only if the application offers this function) and select the app name from the next screen.