Windows 10 Tell Win10 what program to use to open files


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Windows 7 I seem to remember had a place you could go to instruct windows to use a certain program to open a file. Is there such a place in Windows 10? When I double click on a downloaded zip file for example, Windows gives me Adobe which, of course, doesn't work. When I right click to "open with" the offered programs don't work also.



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Look for Default Programs in Control Panel (or just search for it via the Start Menu)


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You can change them as @Josephur stated or use the new settings utility
  • Press [Windows key + i]
  • Click on System
  • Click on Default apps
  • The general selections email, web, photo, music etc will be at the top
  • You can also scroll down and "Choose default apps by file type" and "Choose default apps by protocol"

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