How to edit default programs on Windows

Software used as defaults can be convenient but at the same time can also create small problems, here's how to edit them on Windows

Default programs, that is, those that are set by default as the main software to be used for reading files, can be convenient but in most cases create problems for users. On Windows operating systems they can be changed in a few simple steps.

Programs can be predefined basically for two reasons. In the first case it may be the manufacturer, or Microsoft itself, that has chosen which software to use for reading and opening files and documents. In a second case, it is possible that by downloading new programs during installation we did not uncheck the phrase "set as default program". A big hassle, especially if we used to open PDF files with one software and out of the blue we find ourselves working with another program. Luckily, changing these programs is quite easy, even for users with no special computer knowledge.

Windows 10

If we use Windows 10 as the operating system on our computer, there is only one way to change the default software. First, let's go to the Start menu. This section is easily recognizable, it's the only one with the Windows symbol on our screen. And we can also open it directly from the keyboard with the button with the Redmond company icon. At this point we have to go to Settings. If we have activated Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, we can directly ask her to take us to the settings. At this point we have to go to System and then to Default Apps. Once this is done a page will open with all the available categories: Email, Maps, Music Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player and Web Browser. If we want to change one of these programs we just have to choose the appropriate category. If, on the other hand, we want to change the software used for opening files we have to click on the Choose default apps by file type heading. Here we have to select the file type for which we want to change the default software and choose the preferred program, again from the drop-down menu.

Windows 7

The process is a bit different if we use a computer with Windows 7. But don't worry, it's just as simple. First let's go to the Start menu. Then from the popup menu we select the Control Panel item. Once inside this section we have to look for the Programs section. And click on it. We continue our process by first selecting Default Programs and then Set Default Programs. At this point we have to wait a few seconds while the system will load all the software on our device. To choose and set the default program, all we have to do is click on its name in the list and then check the item Set this program as default. And that's it.