How to Restore File Type Associations on Windows 11?

In Windows files, there is a file type associated with it. Windows opens these file types with applications that support opening them. Sometimes, you might want to open a file with a different application than the default one. If the chosen application doesn’t support extending the file and you don’t remember the default application used to open the file before, you might be in trouble. In such situations, this risewindows article will guide you on how you can restore the file type associations.

We give you an example; imagine you have several JPEG images on your PC. So, Windows will open it with Photos programs when you double-click on any. But, if you want to right-click on that and select Open with > program name. In that way, you can open any file with any application. The file will only open if the chosen application supports that.

File extension associations are registry settings that tell Windows what application to open files of a particular type. For example, Windows typically launches Notepad.exe when a text (. txt) file opens. It is user profile-based. Each user has the privilege to assign a specific type of file extension to a particular program. The same applies when you want to reset or restore Windows default file type associations.

How to Reset File Type Associations in Windows 11?

You can easily reset or restore the file type associations in Windows 11 If you have erroneously assigned an app to open a specific file type. To reset file type associations, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard.


Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select the Apps category from the left sidebar.

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


Step 4. After that, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the Reset button beside “Reset all default apps.”

Step 5. If you see any prompts with a message, “All changes you’ve made will reset to Microsoft recommended app defaults,” click the OK button.

Finally, restart the PC, and changes will automatically be there. Then you will be ready to go. Factory default settings for file type associations are complete on your Windows 11 computer.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, friends.

Also, read Recover Windows 11 or 10 Product Key From BIOS/UEFI using Windows 10 Product Key Tool.

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