Using Control Panel to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 10

By | November 30, 2016
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Using Control Panel to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 10

Most of you who’ve been using Windows 10 for any length of time, most of you are using–>System—>Default Apps… to change your default browser, email program, etc. And that’s how Microsoft wants you to change them – if you really want to change them – of course, they’d prefer you used what they want you to use. Stuff like Edge, Groove Music, Windows 10 Mail App, and so on.

There is only one place you can actually set the default programs for your Windows 10 computer, and that’s in Control Panel. So, if you really want to set a program as default, do what we do and use Control Panel. Why? Because many times, when you use “Settings” to set or change your default programs, the programs won’t be given all of their defaults. For instance you may set an app ( program ) as default in Settings –>Default apps, and then you look in Control Panel and find it says something like “This program has 11 out of its 15 defaults”, see?

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So setting VLC Media Player as default in Settings—> Default Apps,  didn’t do the job, did it? Now in Control Panel, I can click “Set this program as default” and give it all its defaults.

So the next time you want to set or change a default program, right-click on your Start button, click on “Control Panel”, (make sure you’re in “Large icon” view), click on Default Programs–>Set Default Programs, and give it a few seconds to load all your installed programs. Then click on a program that you want to make default and click “Set this program as default”

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After you do that, you should see:

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“This program has all its defaults”

6 thoughts on “Using Control Panel to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 10

  1. Peggy Dorgan

    I tried this & it is definitely the best way to set default programs. However, I am wondering why not all programs I have installed are listed.

  2. D.

    I found this out also a while back by accident when I went to the control panel and did the default from there. I saw that it held (for once) so I started doing the defaults from then on from the control panel.

    It makes you wonder what else would be better done out of the control panel 🙂

    Thanks for your tips and etc. always very useful…D.

    1. infoave Post author

      It will only show programs for which defaults can be set. For example, if I have a program called “Slim’s Folder Optimizer” – it won’t have any defaults. Only the programs which have Windows default settings will be listed. Not every program you have installed will be listed because not every program has default settings.

  3. Lilian Garrett

    on my husbands computer I don’t know what I clicked on , where the time and sound things are at the bottom right BUT now I cannot get Cloudeight or my shockwave puzzles. When I try to find them I get a message unknown. What can I do please?
    On my computer I can still get your programs and am being very careful what I click on.

    1. infoave Post author

      Lilian, if Chrome (browser) is installed, do this:

      1. Windows Key + X
      2. Choose Control Panel
      3. Choose Default Programs then choose “Set default programs” and wait til the list loads
      4. Find Google Chrome in the list
      5. Click on it and click on “Set this program as default”
      6. Click OK

      It sounds to me like you accidentally changed your default browser. If you want Cloudeight Start Page as your default when you open your browser see this page


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