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titleWindows

There are two methods we can use to change the default program used to open a file in Windows:

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In these examples, we will be changing the default application used to open .PDF files to Kofax PowerPDF instead of Microsoft Edge or Adobe Reader.

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titleChange the default program by right clicking on the file
  1. Right click the file for which you wish to change the default application and select Open With.

  2. Click on Choose another app.



  3. Select Always use this app to open <file type> files then click the program you want to be the default for opening files of this type.

  4. Click Okay.


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titleMake changes to the Default Apps settings
  1. Click on the Search option on the Windows Taskbar and type Default Apps, then click on the Default apps setting.



  2. Scroll down and click on Choose default apps by file type.



  3. Find the file type on the left that you want to changeClick the application or + sign next to it.



  4. Select the application you wish to use to open that file type.



  5. Close the window. That file type will now open in the application you have selected.


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titleMacOS
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titleChange the default program by right clicking on the file
  1. Right click (Control + Click) the file for which you wish to change the default application and select Get Info.



  2. In the Open With section, click the dropdown menu.


  3. Select the program you want to be the default for opening files of this type.

  4. Select Change All....



  5. Click Continue.


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titleChange default web browser or email app
  • Apple Mail and Safari are the default email and internet browser respectively on MacOS. To change these they both have a specific set of steps to follow.

Please visit Change the default web browser or email app on your Mac for detailed instructions on how to change these default applications.



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