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How to Adjust Your PC’s Default Apps

PCs come with their own default apps already in place.  For instance, a brand new Windows 10 PC will have Edge as its default browser.  For some users, they may want to change this to their “go-to” browser such as Chrome or Firefox.  But how do you do that?  Follow the step-by-step guide below, which will show you how to adjust all of your default apps.

Adjusting Default Apps

First, you will need to access your Settings.  You can do so by searching for “Settings” in the search bar, or clicking on the Start menu and accessing it via your programs.  Once you access the settings, you will click on “System” as shown below.

Upon doing so, you will see this screen, where you will need to click on “Default apps”.

This will populate the screen below.  It is here that you can adjust your default programming options.  To do so, click on the app you would like to change.  This will populate the different options, as shown below.  Click on the option you’d like to adjust default app to, and you’re done.

I hope you found this brief tutorial helpful.  If there is anything specific you’d like to see a how-to tutorial for, drop a comment below.

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5 thoughts on “How to Adjust Your PC’s Default Apps

  1. I tried to change the default for Photo Viewer to VuePrint, but I don’t see it on the list and when I ‘search’ it doesn’t show it. How do I make VuePrint my default for photos?
    I also tried to change the default Video Player to VLC. I see on the list but when I click on it, it doesn’t show as the default.

    HELP!

  2. What I have found in Win10 is that it seems to hate Firefox, which has been my browser of choice for many, many years. I can’t tell how many times I have changed the app, as you describe above, only to come back the next day and have to do it again. Win10, at first, HATED Firefox and it was noted, by Firefox as well, that I’d have to do it daily. Then, more recently, it seemed Win10 was softened up a bit. But it is still a problem. Daily change. It doesn’t seem to stick for longer than that. I think it’s Microsoft. Firefox seems to think so too. Is there a solution? Given a choice, I’d keep Ffox and ditch Win10.

  3. pc medic has not stopped viruses from getting in my computer, it is running slow and takes forever to load a page

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