1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

How Do I Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension?

By

Businessman using laptop computer
Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Question: How Do I Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension?

The main reason you may want to change the default program that's used to open a particular file extension is if the wrong program is opening the file and the file is not usable in that program.

Another reason might be if you have multiple programs that open the particular file format (as is the case with many graphic, video, and audio formats) but you'd like to specify another program simply because of your preference for it.

No matter the reason, changing the default program for a specific file extension is really easy to do.

Answer: You can change the default program for a specific file extension by adjusting the options for that file type in the Folder Options settings in Windows.

Changing the default program for a file extension is really quite easy but the exact method differs a little between Windows operating systems:

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.