How to set an application as default on Windows 8

How to set an application as default in Windows 8

We use different programmes day by day and we install many programmes/software’s in our Windows 8/8.1. Since there are new releases everyday or next day for same file which you use on your computer for watching movies, opening your browser, playing Mp3’s and many more. We can set default programmes for opening specific file. Let us see how to do it on Windows 8/8.1.


We usually install latest software’s/programmes on our computer, to get the advantages from software vendors for our file’s. In this case although we install a software for a file but it still lacks the advantage which was provided by old software’s, but at this time you want to keep both the software’s as the previous software was giving it. Now we have to set a program/software for that file to open with it on our Windows 8/8.1.

We can do it in easy way on Windows 8/8.1 by only selecting some of the options. As later on you can change these settings if you want to. There are various Methods to do it but we will see two types of Methods for doing it. So lets get started on:

How to set an application as default in Windows 8

How to set an application as default on Windows 8/8.1:

1st Method →

  • Goto ‘ This PC ‘ and click on ‘ Computer ‘ then you will see ‘ Open Control Panel ‘.
  • Click on it.

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  • Now you will see an option of ‘ Programs ‘ Just click on it.
  • It will show you many options but you have to Click on ‘Set your default programs ‘.

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  • It might take sometime for loading programmes.
  • If  you are confused with the path then check-out the address bar.
  • Now i am setting VLC Media Player as default, so i will click on it.
  • After clicking it i will select ‘ Set this program as Default ‘.
  • Now just Click on OK. 

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  • All done. 
  • You can play your any video file using VLC Player.

As this is very long procedure of setting your default programs for specific file. We can also uase a method of setting default programmes in short way also. You can Select any method both are for same purpose.

2nd Method →

  •  Goto yo your file Right Click on it and select ” Open with ‘ and Click on’ Choose Default Program…’ .

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  • Tick ‘ Use this app for all .mp4 files ‘ and then Click on ‘ VLC media player ‘.

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Now all ‘ .mp4 ‘ files will be opened in VLC player only. You can apply all these methods on all files for opening your type of program/software’s. As Setting your default browser is most common for opening your files in your browser.

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