Windows 10: How to set an Alternate Default program for a given file type.

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  1. Bencow Win User

    How to set an Alternate Default program for a given file type.


    Hi,

    Dose anybody know if this is possible.

    For example some times I want to open a .mkv file in a video player and some times in an editor. Obviously you can right click and choose open with. But there has to be way like pressing Alt and double clicking to open in a "alternate" default which would be the editor and a normal double click for the player.

    It seems like something they would of through of and implemented!

    Any ideas?

    :)
     
    Bencow, Dec 27, 2020
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  2. Bree Win User

    Setting default program by file type

    Welcome to Ten Forums Pearson240


    See this tutorial, Option Two, Step 3.

    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10
     
  3. dalchina Win User
    Default Program Settings Not Setting/Selecting


    Hi, a number of people have experienced difficulty with defaults not being retained.

    First:
    "an application I have installed (EditPad by JGSoft and Adobe Acrobat Pro) is not available to be selected as a default"
    It is, unfortunately normal for Win 10 not to list all available programs that might be capable of handling a given extension.

    "Two conditions must be met for a program to appear in that list:
    1) The program must have registered itself as being capable of handling at least one file type
    2) At least one other program must have registered itself of being capable of handling at least one of those same file type(s).
    If a program is the only present program capable of handling a specific file type (such as .PPT for PowerPoint files), that program will not appear in the list because there is no alternative."


    You can browse to the exe of the program you want to open the file by rt click, Open With, thus:

    How to set an Alternate Default program for a given file type. [​IMG]


    Second, here are some reasons why defaults may be reset to MS defaults:
    Default programs in Win 10.doc

    This old thread may also be relevant (assuming it still applies- not checked)
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-un...sion-windows-7

    For reference:
    Default Apps - Choose in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
     
    dalchina, Dec 27, 2020
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  4. LemP Win User

    How to set an Alternate Default program for a given file type.

    Default Programs

    A *.MSG file is most likely an Outlook Mail message file. It should be associated with OUTLOOK rather than "Office 2013."

    I assume that you've been going to "Default Programs" and then "Associate a file type or protocol with a program." See if doing it the following way fixes things:

    1. Go to "Default Programs" and click on "Set your default programs"
    2. Find and select Outlook in the list of Programs
    3. Click either "Set this program as default" and click OK
    4. Alternatively, select "Choose defaults for this program" make sure that the box next to .msg is checked and then click Save
     
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