How to Change the Default Program

Issue

How do I set Adobe to be the application that opens .pdf files?

How do I change the default program?

How do I associate a different program with a specific file type?

How do I make Outlook the default mail app instead of the Windows Mail app?

 

Environment

The program you wish to be the default must be installed on your computer before you can set it as default.

 

Cause

Browsers, Preview, and other applications can be used to view a .pdf file.

When new applications are installed, you may be prompted on whether you would like to make it the default.

 

Resolution

Windows 10

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Change the View by: to  Category if needed
  3. Programs
  4. Default Programs
  5. Set your default programs
  6. Find the app type (Email, Maps, Music  Player, Photo Viewer, Video Player, or Web browser)
    • Tip: If what you want is not listed, you can also set defaults by file type, by protocol, or by app, using the links just below this section
  7. Click on the application icon that is currently set as default to bring up the Choose an app window
  8. From the Choose an app window, select the app you wish to be default from the list

If you would like to set a specific program to open a specific file type, but not necessarily be the default application for all file types, you can do this by:

  1. Search for and open Default Apps settings
  2. Scroll down to the bottom and click the link to Choose default apps by file type
  3. Look the file type you would like to set (alphabetical order on the left). Change the default program by clicking on the app to the right of the file type, and choosing which app you want to set as default.

 

Windows 7

  1. Start
  2. Default Programs
  3. Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program
  4. Highlight .pdf (or whichever file type you wish to change)
  5. Click Change program...
  6. Choose the application you wish to be the default
  7. Click OK

 

macOS

  1. Select any PDF file. Control-click to open the menu.
  2. Choose File>Get Info
  3. From the Open with: drop down menu, select your preferred application (such as Adobe Reader or Preview)
  4. Click Change All button and in subsequent dialog box, click Continue

 

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Details

Article ID: 42188
Created
Wed 11/8/17 12:53 PM
Modified
Fri 10/22/21 4:31 PM

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