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Setting windows default programs [windows 7]

July 10, 2012  by: naruto  Points: 12   Category: Software  Earning $0.30   Views: 1130

Now open your files with different software by changing its default program more effectively.


Windows operating system is having the option of default program. Using it we can the open the particular file with particular selected software. Like we play songs on some particular music player and we surf internet only on particular browser. So it is quite good option that we having on windows. But sometime it can create little problem for us. I mean after installing some program it becomes default program for some files . Meaning, files related to that program will start running on that new program after that. But what if we want to continue with the old program for those files? Let me give you example, suppose I am installing one video player on my system but after the installation it becomes the default program for all video formats. But I still want to play some videos on my old video player, then how can we change default program for this purpose? There is solution for this problem also, let us checks it out.


There is one good solution for this thing. Using it we can easily change the default program for different file extension. Just follow this.

Open Start Menu and click on Default Programs from the right column. (You can also open it from control panel). Using start menu you can reach to it quite easily.

From the new window select the first option: Set your default programs . You will get the window like below.

Now from this window you can select any program in which you want to make changes. If you will select any program you will get two options in it. Set this program as default and Choose defaults for this program. These both functions having slightly different functionalities form each other. So let’s see how they are different from each other and how it works.

Set this program as default : Using this option you can set any program as default for all files which are compatible with that program. Means every file which is compatible with that program will be open with your selected program. So you can easily change the default program with this option easily.

Choose defaults for this program : By clicking on this option you will get another window with compatible file formats list of the selected program. Now you can select particular file formats which you want to open with that program by default. Means not all compatible files will be open with that program, only files you have selected will open with that program.

Just see the below image. I have selected VLC player and the second option. As shown in image now I can set some particular video formats which I want to open with VLC player. So only selected video file format will be play in VLC player after applying settings.

How it can be Useful?

Using these settings we can change the default program for opening files on our computer. It’s not limited to this only; with this we can open similar kind of formats in different program. For example, we can set default program to open two different video file formats in two different programs. Means avi format videos will play in different program, and wmv format videos will pay in different program, we can make settings like this. Similarly you can do the same for different kind of programs and files.

So this is it. This can be really helpful in many ways. This is quite good to manage default programs for files in windows operating system. If anyone doesn’t know about it then they can checkout this tutorial and see how it is working. Hope this information will be helpful to you somehow, and you liked it.


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