How to fix the problem of files opening with the wrong application in Windows 10

This article will explain how to open your files with the right application or program. The reason you need to do this is because the computer will reset the settings after a Windows update. And this might lead to the problem of opening files with a wrong application.

  • Firstly, right click the Windows icon and open “settings”. And then click the option “Apps” from the menu.
  • Click the option “Default apps” on the left menu.
  • The menu on the right shows the most popular function such as Email and music player. You can left click it and choose the default application. For example, you can set default application of email to Outlook 2016.
  • If the function or file you want to open is not on the menu. Scroll down and you can still set the default application by clicking “Set defaults by app”
  • The menu on the left is a list of all the programs installed on your PC that you can set to be the default application. Select the application that you prefer and click “Set this program as default”. In this example, set Adobe Reader DC as the default application for all PDFs.

You can repeat the above steps to set other default application such as Word, Excel and Chrome. If you want to be open a file type with a default application, go to step 4 and click “choose default applications by file type”.

By now, you should be able to open the files with the right application.