How to Reset and Restore Default Apps for File Types in Windows 11?

For every file type that Windows 11 supports, a default app is assigned by Microsoft. For example, if you double-click on a .PNG file, it will open in the Photos program. However, if you wish to open a file type other than the default program, you need to right-click on the file and select the “Open with” option. After that, choose the application name. Also, when you install third-party software, it overwrites some of the file extensions and opens with their program. For instance, when you install WinRAR software on your Windows 11 machine, it will overwrite .ZIP file extension. That means next time you will double-click on a ZIP file, it will open with the WinRAR application, not with File Explorer.

When you have installed a lot of software and messed up with file extensions, you can quickly restore to default—all you need to do is navigate through the settings app and reset this function. However, one should note that resetting will not affect another user’s account on your PC. That means, if you need to reset the default settings for all users, you must log in to each user account and repeat the steps.

This gearupwindows will walk through the steps to reset/restore default apps for file types in Windows 11. It will be helpful when a file type opens with the wrong default app.

How to Reset and Restore Default Apps for File Types in Windows 11?

To reset and restore default apps for file types in Windows 11, do the following:-

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

Step 2. Select the Apps category from the left sidebar in the Windows Settings.

Step 3. After that, click the Default apps tab in the right-side pane.

Step 4. Then scroll down to the bottom and select the Reset button beside the “Reset all default apps” option under the “Related settings” section.

Step 5. In the “All change you’ve made will be reset to Microsoft recommended app defaults” flyout, click the OK button.

That’s it. All the file types will be reset and restored to open with default apps recommended by Microsoft.

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