How to Change Default Programs in Windows 7 Default Programs
is used to choose which programs you want Windows to use by default to open a particular type of file, such as a music file, an image, or a web page. For example, if you have more than one media player installed on your computer, you can choose one of them to be the default player. Using Default Programs, you can:
- Set your default programs
- Associate a file type with a program
- Change AutoPlay settings
- Set default programs for this computer
Let's see how you can change settings using Default Programs.
1. Click the Start button
to view the Start Menu
and then choose the Control Panel
2. The Control Panel
window opens up. Click on the All Control Panel Items.
3. From all the options choose Default Programs
4. The windows shows various options. Click on the Set your default program
A window opens up with the list of all programs available on your computer.
Choose the program from the list by clicking on it eg. Windows Media Player
and then click on the Set this program as default
link and click Ok
5. To make a file to be open with a particular program, click on Associate a file type or protocol with a program
in the Default Programs
window. All the file types with their extension names are listed.
As in above screen shot you can see the default program for .bmp
files is Paint
. You can change it to Windows Photo Viewer.
Click on .bmp
file extension, click on Change Program
button. A popup opens up as below:
You can also Browse
to select other programs. Select the Windows Photo Viewer
from the Recommended Programs
list and click ok
6. To change AutoPlay Settings
for CDs and other media click on the Change AutoPlay Settings
in the Default Programs
window. The window opens up with the default settings.
For Audio CD
choose Play Audio CD using Windows Media Player
option from the combo box and for Pictures
choose View pictures using Windows
and so on. Click Save
to update the changes.
7. Click the last option in the Default Programs
that is Set program access and compuer defaults.
Window opens up with three configuration options as below:
Using this you can control access to some programs and also set default programs for the computer. Clicking on the Microsoft Windows
configuration option shows the default setting for Microsoft windows.
8. Click on Non-Microsoft
option to see the defaults for Non-Microsoft programs.
9. You can also customize the configuration settings by clicking on Custom
option. Window opens up.
Change default media player as Windows Media Player
as shown in the below screen shot.