CHAPTER 26Setting Default Programs

As everyone knows, you can buy many different brands of toothpaste, shampoo, cars, and just about every other kind of product. The same is true of software. Everyone uses a web browser to browse the Internet, and you have many different web browsers to choose from. One is Microsoft Edge, which comes with Windows 10. Others are Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, and Google Chrome, to name a few.

If you're looking for a media player, Windows 10 comes with Media Player. In addition, you can choose QuickTime, Musicbee, and many others. When you have two or more programs capable of handling the same type of file, consider making one the default program that opens automatically when you open that type of file. Setting such defaults is what this chapter is all about.

Setting Default Programs for Files

Typed text, pictures, music files, and video clips are all examples of documents and other types of files that you can create or download to your computer. Thousands of file types exist. Each type is indicated by its filename extension. For example, a picture may be a JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg), BMP (.bmp), GIF (.gif), TIFF (.tif or .tiff), PNG (.png), or any of a couple of dozen other formats.

When you click (or double-click) a file icon while in File Explorer, the file opens in ...

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