How do I associate an app with a file type? How do I associate a file type with an app in Windows 11/10? A default program is an application that Windows uses automatically when you open a particular file type. For instance, when you double-click a file with .txt, the Notepad application opens up. This is because the extension name .txt is associated with Notepad by default.
If you’ve ever tried to run a file in the wrong application, that file type gets associated with that app. However, there is a workaround to associate an application with the correct file extension. The “Open With” command will help you to fix it. After associating a particular file type with an app, you are good to go. You don’t have to repeat these steps again and again.
If you aren’t sure which file type you want to change the association of, right-click your desired file and select the
Sometimes, you might want to change file association from the default program to your favorite app. For instance, Windows 11/10 opens a photo (.png) with the Photos application when you double-click on a .png image. But you have installed the Greenshot application and want to open all the .png images with the greenshot application and not with the Windows default Photos application. Here, re-association of files becomes handy.
There are two methods to re-associate the file with a favorite program on Windows 11/10. These are the following:-
- Using Control Panel
- From Context Menu
Using these methods, you can also re-associate any file type on Windows 8.1/8/7 too.
How to Associate a File Type with a Specific App using Control Panel?
To associate a file type with a specific app through Control Panel, do these steps:-
Step 1. Open Control Panel.
To access Control Panel, click on the
Step 2. Ensure “View by” is set to
Step 3. In the resulting window, click on the
Step 4. Next, click on the
In Windows 11 and 10, now Settings app will open. In Windows 7/8/8/1, you can continue in the same window.
On Windows 10
Step 5. On the left side of the Settings window, click the
Step 6. Here, you will see all file extensions available on your PC and the default program name with which it is associated. Click on the program name next to the file association to set your favorite app as the default program.
That’s all. Now, when you double-click on the file, that will open with your favorite default program.
On Windows 11
Step 5. Click on the installed application name you want to assign as default for any specific file type.
Step 6. You will see a list of extensions of files for that your application can be used as the default program. Click on the specific file extension that you want to set your favorite program as the default application.
Step 7. From the pop-up window, select the desired program and then click the
How to Associate a File Type with a Specific App using Context Menu?
Using Context Menu allows you to quickly set a default program for a specific file type on Windows PC. Perform the following steps:-
Step 1. Right-click on the file you want to change the file association with and select
Step 2. In the pop-up window that appears, you will see the default program as well as other app lists. If still, you do not find your favorite app, then click the
Step 3. Select your desired program through which you want to open the specific file type and then check the option
Now, when you double-click on that type of file, it will open with your selected application by default. There is no need to right-click and select the desired program again and again when you want to open that type of file on your Windows 11 or 10 PC.
The method on this page (https://gearupwindows.com/how-to-associate-a-file-type-with-a-specific-app-on-windows-11-10/) DOES NOT work on Windows 11. .JPG, PNG, GIF, etc. etc. are not presented for IRFANVIEW (image viewer avilable free via good search)