Many of us prefer to use the same program to open certain types of files. For example, you may like to use Photo Gallery to open pictures and Windows Media Player to open music and videos. Or you may have third-party software that you like better. Fortunately, both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 make it very easy to set your own preferences. Here's how:
How to set the default programs and associations for file types and protocols in Windows
In Windows 8.1 you can also set the AutoPlay settings for your media and devices, directly from PC Settings. There you have access to almost the same customization options found in the Control Panel. This tutorial shares where to find the AutoPlay settings and how to fiddle with them.
The PC Settings panel in Windows 8.1 has been expanded to include even more configuration options. One of them is the possibility to change the default apps used by Windows 8.1 to perform different activities (like browsing the web or playing video), to open different file types and protocols. Personally, I like this new way of setting defaults better than using the old Control Panel. Here's how it works:
I recently talked about how to set your default programs for various activities, using the "Set Default Programs" panel and the list of programs that Windows puts in that panel. However, that's not your only option when you want to set defaults. In this article I'll tell you about the other options you have for setting default programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
You probably noticed that every time you insert some kind of media (a flash drive, CD or DVD), an AutoPlay window is shown with several options for you to pick from. If you would like to configure how AutoPlay works, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8, this guide will show how.
There are hundreds of different kinds of files on your computer including images, videos, music, text documents, executable applications and much more. Each file stores different information in different ways and can only be opened by certain programs. Windows takes the potential confusion out of this system by associating certain programs to certain file types right out of the box. While your default associations will work for most programs, you'll undoubtedly want to change a few as you try out alternative applications and find new favorites. Read on and we'll show how to change file associations in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In this tutorial you will see how you can open images with it and how to make this program your default image viewer.
One of the things that became obvious after publishing our series on how to set default programs, associate file types and set up AutoPlay settings, is that Windows 7 has limited capabilities for setting all these things. Fortunately for us, there are third party programs, such as the Default Programs Editor that allow you to do all this plus customize context menus. In this tutorial I will share where you can get this cool program from and how it works.