Every file opens with one of the built-in apps in Windows 11/10 by Microsoft. For example, you may want to set Photos as the default app for a photo viewer. If you are not satisfied with the options suggested by Microsoft, you can look up additional options in the Microsoft store and choose the one of your preference. Personally, I prefer using the Microsoft recommended apps for better viewing – but your choice may vary and you may have chosen to another app to open a file and selected the Always use this app to open files option.
Now having done that, what if you now want to undo this choice and reset the settings to default?
Undo Always use this app to open files option
If you have selected some option to Always use this app to open a file with, and you would like to undo this action, then this post shows how exactly to do this.
- Press Win+I to open Settings
- Select Apps settings
- Now on the right side. click open Default apps
- Search for the app and locate the extension whose action you want to change
- Next, click on the external link icon to open a pane
- From the panel, select the app you want to use
- Click OK and exit.
If you want to go back to the default apps for all files, that are recommended by Microsoft, then in the Default apps panel, scroll down.
Click on the Reset button against Reset all default apps.
- Click on the Start button and then further click on Settings.
- The Windows Settings panel will open. You will be able to see all the settings related to Windows.
- Select the Apps option.
- Next to the left side, select Default apps.
- To undo or reset the app association for a single app, click on the app whose association you want to reset and then choose the option of your choice.
If you want to go back to the default apps for all files, that are recommended by Microsoft, scroll down the page and under Reset to Microsoft recommended defaults and click on Reset. This will reset all File Associations to default.
This simple exercise will undo your action for the Always use this app to open files option.