How to Reset and Restore Default Apps for File Types on Windows 11 or 10?

By default, Windows 11 can only automatically open the programs per file type. If there are multiple photo programs installed, only one of the programs will be assigned and used to open the PNG file type automatically. PNG file type can be opened with other photo programs but manually. If you want a specific program to open a particular type of file, then changing the default file association for the specific file will be required.

So, using app types for file extension is a per-user profile setting. One user’s default file types will not be the same for all other users on the system. Each user must be signed in to their account and set the default for file types. It is also the case if you want to reset or restore the Windows default file type.

To get started with resetting and restoring file type on Windows 11/10, follow the risewindows post below:-

How to Reset and Restore Default Apps for File Types on Windows 11?

To reset and restore default apps for file types in Windows 11, do the following:-

Step 1. Firstly, open the Settings app.


Step 2. Select the Apps category from the left sidebar in the Windows Settings.

Step 3. Then, click the Default apps tab in the right-side pane.

Step 4. Next, scroll down to the bottom and select the Reset button beside the “Reset all default apps” option under the “Related settings” section.

Step 5. After that, In the “All change you’ve made will be reset to Microsoft recommended app defaults” flyout, click the OK button.

So, all the file types will be reset and restored to open with default apps recommended by Microsoft.

That’s it.

How to Change and Reset Default Apps in Windows 10?

To change and reset default apps on Windows 10, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, launch the Windows Settings using Windows + I hotkey.

Step 2. Now, click on Apps.

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Step 3. Then, select Default apps in the left pane.

Step 4. Next, scroll down and click the Reset button under “Reset to the Microsoft recommended defaults.”

After that, all file types will reset to Microsoft’s recommended one. For example, the “Web browser” will be assigned to the “Microsoft Edge.” That means clicking on any URL will open by default with the Microsoft Edge browser. “Microsoft Edge.”

If you want to reset specific file types to default, click on that individual entry. For example, we want to reset Email to default. Then, click Email and then select the entry that says “Recommended for Windows 10.”

The default type of apps you can change includes:-

  • Web browser
  • Email
  • Music player
  • Video player
  • Photo viewer
  • Calendar
  • Maps

If you want to set the default app for a single file type extension, click the “Choose default apps by file type” link.

Finally, you’ll find a two-tiered menu, the first containing every file type that Windows 10 is designed to handle, and the second with the list of apps you currently have installed on the machine.

To reset the app to default, click the option with the link “Recommended for Windows 10.”

That’s it for the article.

Good luck & Stay healthy, guys.

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