Every time I double click on the photos on my Desktop they’re opened with the wrong app. I don’t want to use Paint 3D to edit photos! How can I change the default program for PNG files on my Windows 10 computer??
One of the easiest ways to drive someone crazy on a Windows computer is to change the default application for common file types. Imagine if every time you clicked on a Word document it simply failed to open in Paint or Firefox. Fortunately in both the cases when someone’s played a practical joke on you and when your computer’s just gotten confused, it’s easy to fix it all up and get the correct program to launch for various file types.
The easiest way to assign a program to a file type, however, is to find a file of that particular type and change what program is assigned to open it. There are two basic ways to accomplish this task on your Microsoft Windows 10 computer, and they’re both just a few mouse clicks away.
To start, right-click on the file you want to open and choose “Properties” at the very bottom of the context menu that appears. You’ll then see a lot of information about that particular file. Like this:
Look closely at the middle section and you’ll see that this particular image file is set to open with Photos. More importantly notice the “Change” button.
But let’s get there a different way. Right click on that file icon again, but this time look for “Open With” and pull out the menu of choices. It will look like this:
This time you get a list of the various programs associated with the file type (though there’s no indication of which program will be utilized to open it if you double click). On the sub-menu, select “Choose another app“…
Now you can see that the Photos app is the default for PNG or “ping” graphics files. What if you prefer Paint, however? You can open this one file in the app of your choice by double-clicking on it. Instead just single click to select it, then assign all files of this type to the same program by checking the box “Always use this app to open .PNG files”. Something like this:
That’s all you have to do. Click on “OK” to set this change throughout the system and you’re done. Now any PNG files on your system will double click and open with Paint, not Photos.
Double check it worked by again going to the “Choose another app” sub-menu choice and checking that it now looks like this:
Of course Microsoft recommends that Photos is a better choice with its “featured in Windows 10” and, frankly, it probably is a better choice, particularly if the PNG files are photos. But now you know, you can assign whatever files to whatever programs you’d like, reverse a program aggressively taking over too many file types, etc.
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