Windows 10: How do I set default programs?

After upgrading to Windows 10, you may encounter software conflicts when different versions of the same program are installed on your computer. For example, you might have both Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 365 installed. To resolve this issue, designate your preferred, default programs.

How to set a default program

Step 1: From the Windows 10 desktop, right-click the Start button and select Control Panel.

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Step 2: From the Control Panel window select the Programs category.

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Step 3: Under Default Programs select Set Your Default Programs.

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Step 4: A list will generate on the left of the Set your Default Programs window. Select the program you would like to use for your file type. [For the example above, decide if you'd like to use Office 2010 or Office 365 to open your files.]

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Step 5: Select the
Set this program as default option that appears in the right pane.

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Step 6: From the
Set Associations for a Program window, change the files types you want the selected program to open and click Save to set the modifications. [For the example above, select which files types you would like to open in Office 2010 or Office 365 (ex. .docx, .xlsx etc.)]

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