Windows - Default Apps

Setting default apps enables the user to quickly and easily open webpages, files, and emails in their desired application.

Setting Default Apps on Windows 10

1.  In the bottom left of the screen, type in "Default Apps" to the Windows search bar and click on the top result shown below.  You will then see the Default Apps settings page displayed in the second image below.

Image of search result for Default Apps

Image of default apps page

2.  For each subject (e.g. Email, Browser), click on the app icon below and select the application you want to use.  It is recommended to set Email to Outlook and Web Browser to one of: Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.  

Example image of changing email default app

3.  The last default app to set is Adobe Acrobat DC so that .pdf files open in it properly.  In the page shown above in Step 1, click on Set defaults by app located toward the bottom of the window.

4.  Scroll down the list of programs and click on Adobe Acrobat DC, then click Manage.

Image of Managing Adobe Acrobat in Set Defaults by App

5.  Find .pdf in the list of file types and click on the app displayed to its right.  Then, click on Adobe Acrobat DC.  Done!

Image of .pdf options and changing the default app

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your ACES IT Pro. You can find your department's IT contact information here:

Keywordsdefault applications new hire computer   Doc ID109536
OwnerKyle B.GroupAnswers @ ACES
Created2021-03-04 17:20:34Updated2021-09-14 18:53:10
SitesUniversity of Illinois - College of ACES
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