MS Windows 10 – How to change the default apps

Microsoft Windows 10 has a list of default applications for your internet browser, email client, music, photos, and other programs.¬†What this means is, say for example you click a internet link. Windows might open the Edge browser instead of using your preferred application, Google Chrome. However, you do have the option to change the default apps to your preferred ones quickly and easily. I’ll show you how step by step.

1. Click the notification icon

This icon is located on the bottom right-hand corner of the desktop. When you click on it, it will bring up the action center menu.Notification Icon

2. Click on All settings

This will bring up the Windows Settings menu.all settings menu

2. Click on Apps

This icon should be the very last icon, located in the top row.

Windows Settings

3. Click on Default apps

You will first appear in the Apps & Features menu. To the left will be a list of options. Choose Default apps and this will bring up a list of your current default apps.

default apps

4. Choose your default app
  1. Click on any of the icons: email, maps, music, photos, video, or Web browser.
  2. A menu will appear that will say Choose an app with a list of applications that you have installed on your system that fit that particular application category.
  3. When you’ve finished changing your default apps. Click the X in the upper right-hand corner to close this menu.

Note: Your choose an app list may be different from the image below since your computer may have different applications installed.

select your default app
Note: In the image example, I’ve chosen to change the default email program to Thunderbird