How to Set App Defaults on Your Windows 10 Laptop

By Nancy C. Muir

If you’re like most users, you will perform a multitude of tasks on your Windows 10 laptop and it will house a ton of important information. You can make life simpler by setting app defaults. To make working with files easier, you may want to control which apps are used to open files of different types by default. For example, you might always want word processed documents to be opened by Microsoft Word or WordPad.

  1. From the Start menu, click Settings.
  2. Click Apps.
  3. In the resulting window shown click Default Apps.

    deafult apps Windows 10

  4. Click an app in the list on the right and then click another program in the list to set it as the default option.

    default app options Windows 10

    You can also click Look for an App in the Store to locate other apps.

  5. Click the Close button.

You can also view app features such as the date installed or amount of space it takes up by clicking the Apps & Features item in the Apps window.