Jun 11 2007

Change which programs Windows uses by default

computer2.pngA default program is the program that Windows uses when you open a particular type of file, such as a music file, an image, or a webpage. For example, if you have more than one web browser installed on your computer, you can choose one of them to be the default browser.

To open the Default Programs screen, Click Start-Default Programs.

Set your default programs. Use this option to choose which programs you want Windows to use by default. If you want to use your media player to open all media files, use this option.


If a program does not show up in the Programs list:
If a program does not show up in the list, you can make the program a default by using Set Associations.

1. Click to open Default Programs.

2. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.

3. Click the file type or protocol that you want the program to act as the default for.

4. Click Change program.

5. Click the program that you want to use as the default for the file type you selected, or click the arrow next to Other Programs to show additional programs. (If your program is not listed, click Browse to find the program you want to use, and then click Open. If no other programs are installed that are able to open the file type or protocol, your choices will be limited.)

6. Click OK.

You cannot change an association for a file type or protocol and leave it blank or disassociated. You must select a new program.

The options you set here only apply to your user account. Your choices won’t affect other user accounts on the computer.

Associate a file type or protocol with a program:
Use this option to fine-tune default programs based on the file type or protocol. For example, you can have all .jpg image files open using a specific program, and .bmp image files open using a different program.

Highlight the file type and choose Change Program, Then choose one from the list.

Change AutoPlay settings:
You can also change which programs to use to start different kinds of media, such as music CDs or DVDs that contain photos.

Click the drop drop down arrow next to what you want to change and choose the action you want to happen.

Set default programs for this computer:
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults is a tool to set default programs for activities such as browsing the web and sending e?mail for everyone who uses the computer.

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