Windows 11 can keep track of the apps you open and set them by default for faster navigation. You can change the default file based on the apps that you use frequently.
Windows 11 Default Apps Menu in Settings
First, open Windows Settings by pressing Windows+1 on the keyboard. You can also rick-click the Start button and choose Settings from the menu.
In Settings, select "Apps" in the sidebar and choose "Default Apps." Once you're on the screen, there are numerous ways that you can change the app settings, according to HowtoGeek.
Choose Defaults by File Type
One of the easiest ways to change a default app is by searching the file type, according to AllThingsHow. Select Settings, Apps, then choose Default Apps.
On the "Enter a file type or link type" box, write down the extension name that you want to associate with the app. For example, you can type in .jpg for JPEG images.
If you typed an extension that is not registered, you would see a button labeled "Choose a Default." It will allow you to set the default app.
If what you've typed in is a known file type, the app that the extension is associated with will pop up below the text entry box. To change the association, just click the app box on the side.
You will be asked how you want to open the files. In the list of apps, just select the app that you would like to use and select OK.
Once you are done, the file type you modified will open with the selected app. You can change it back by going to the Settings, selecting Apps, and choosing Default Apps.
Choosing Defaults by App
You can also change the associations by an app, according to Winaero. Go to the Defaults Apps screen, and you will see a list of installed applications. Locate the app that you want to change defaults for.
On the details screen for the app you selected, scroll down and select the file type you want to associate with a different program.
When you're asked which program you want to open the file with, just browse the list, select the app that you want to use, and click OK.
Once you're done, the file association will change. Repeat the process as desired if you want to change defaults.
You can also access and configue widgets on Windows 11 if you wish to see it on your desktop.
Changing File Associations by Opening a File
You can also change default file associations when you open a file. Locate a file of the type that you want to re-associate with a program on your desktop or in File Explorer.
Right-click the file, choose "Open With," and select "Choose Another App" from the Settings.
After, select the app that you would like to always open this file type with. Check the box beside "Always use this app to open extension files." Then select OK.
Once you are done, you can test it out. Whenever you double-click the file type in File Explorer or on your desktop, it will always open in the app that you chose.
If you changed your mind, you can always disable the execution of app files on Windows 11.
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Written by Sophie Webster