How to set new defaults for Windows 10
What you need: Windows 10 Time required: 30 minutes
Photos is your default Photo viewer' app. If you click to change it (see Step 2), you'll see a list of alternative programs. You'll notice that some third-party programs (such as the popular IrfanView www.snipca.com/19774) won't appear, even if they're installed on your PC. Using IrfanView as an example, we'll show you how to add it to the list. First, scroll to the bottom of the Default apps' section and click Set defaults by app'. You'll now see an alphabetical list of all the programs and apps on your PC. Select IrfanView, then click Set this program as default'. This will set IrfanView as the default program for all the file types associated with it (photos, images and screenshots).
Alternatively, you can choose which file type you want to set IrfanView as your default for. To do this, select the program in the alphabetical list on the left, then click Choose defaults for this program' below. Now click the Current Default heading and scroll down the list. You'll see that the Photos app is set as your default for most photo file formats. Tick the file formats you want to set IrfanView as your default for (.jpg, gif, .png, .raw and .tif are the most common image formats), then click Save. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to change your defaults for all the programs and apps that don't appear within your list in the Default apps' section.
We'll now show you how to set default actions when you connect any device (such as a mobile phone, external hard drive, SSD, CD or DVD) to your PC. Open Settings, Devices, then click AutoPlay. Ensure the AutoPlay slider is turned on. Next, click the Removable device' dropdown menu and choose what you want. We recommend Open folder to view files (File Explorer)'. Next, click the Memory card' dropdown menu and select an action. Connect your phone or tablet to your PC to see its option appear within this list. Now select what you want to do when you connect it to your PC.
We'll now show you how to set your default printer and scanner. Ensure both devices are connected to your PC. Now open Settings, click Devices, then click Printers & scanners'. If your device isn't listed, click the Refresh button and wait for the list to update. If there's a device you no longer use, select it and click Remove device'. Now select your printer and click Set as default'. Repeat this to set your default scanner.
Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. If you prefer using another search engine (such as Google or DuckDuckGo), you can set it as the default. Launch Edge, then open the website you want to set as your search engine. Now click the three dots at the top right, Settings at the bottom, then scroll to the bottom again and click the View advanced settings' button. Click the Change button below Bing. You'll see the website you're on in a list. Click to select it, then click Set as default'.
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