There may be a time when you want to reset all your Program and File Associations to default values in Windows 11/10. Windows 11/10 allows you to reset them to Microsoft recommended defaults. Here is how you go about it.
Reset all Apps & File Associations to default
To reset all Apps and File Associations to default in Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
- Go to Apps > Default apps.
- Scroll down to the bottom.
- Click on the Reset button.
- Click the Ok button.
However, if you are using Windows 10, do the following:
When you click open a file, it will open the file with your OS default app that is associated with it. It could be a web link, video file, and so on.
For instance, Edge is the default browser in Windows 10, but you may have changed the file association to one of your choices like Firefox or Chrome. Similarly, you may have changed other file type associations too. Now if you want to reset all of them to their default values, do the following.
- Open the WinX Menu,
- Open Settings and
- Click on Apps settings.
- On the left side, you will see Default apps. Click on it.
- Scroll down a bit till you see an item – Reset to Microsoft recommended defaults.
- Click on the Reset button and all your File Type Associations will be set to their original values.
1] Choose default apps by file type
You can also set the defaults by file type extensions towards the end. Click on the blue Choose default apps by file type. Select the app and then set the default app to open files with the desired extension.
2] Choose default apps by protocol
Similarly, you can also set the defaults by file type extensions. Click on the blue Choose default apps by protocol. Select the protocol and then set the default app.
3] Set defaults by app
To set the defaults, click on the blue Set defaults by app link > Press the Manage button and do the needful.
TIP: If you find that you cannot open a particular file type, then our File Association Fixer for Windows 10/8/7 will be able to easily help you fix, repair and restore the broken file associations.