Setting Default Apps in Windows 10

The Windows operating system offers to set default applications for when you begin a process, making your computing experience more user friendly.
Why should I care about this?
  • If you're trying to play a voicemail in Outlook, leaving the "Music player" default set to Windows' suggestion will likely not be successful. The heading "music player" is a misnomer.  This setting is actually for all audio file types, not just music.  Changing this setting to VLC Media Player will help ensure all audio file types play without problems.

  • If you click on something, ostensibly to start an email, setting Outlook as the default under "Email" will keep your computer form opening other unwanted apps for that process.

  • If you have an internet browser preference and would like the computer to use it every time you click on something which opens a browser, setting your preference as the default under "Web browser" will make that happen.
Find and set the Default apps
  1. Hold down on the Windows logo key (just to the left of the space bar) and while doing so press i -- this will bring up the Windows Settings console.
    When this console appears, click on "Apps"
    Windows Settings console

  2. When "Apps & features" appears, click on "Default apps" at the left
    Windows Settings console

  3. If you have never configured these settings before, the image below shows how the defaults are usually set upon delivery.  Please note, for example, that "Mail" is not our recommended email handler (See steps 4 and 5 for our recommendations).
    Windows Settings console

  4. To change a default app, click on the app icon you want to change and select another from the resulting "Choose an app" selection menu.  In the example below, "Mail" was selected with the intent of changing the email handler to Outlook:
    Windows Settings console

  5. When finished changing the defaults for Email, Music player, Video player, and Web browser, your Default apps page should look like this (depending on what web browser you choose):
    Windows Settings console

Note: To set the default PDF handler, please refer to this article:

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OwnerScott L.GroupUI Gies College of Business
Created2022-04-15 08:50:24Updated2023-04-12 15:10:37
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