How to Reset all Default Apps for File Types in Windows 11

Windows 11 reset all defaults

This article explains how to reset and restore all default apps for file types or link types in Windows 11.

A default or preferred app is a program that Windows has assigned to open a file or link type by default. For example, you can choose Google Chrome as your default browser to open browser links and files.

Google Chrome will be your default or preferred app for all file or link types for browser operations.

The default apps you choose will only apply to your account and will not affect other accounts on the computer.

The default app a user selects for a file or link type is stored in the Windows registry UserChoice key for that specific account in the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\<file type>\UserChoice.

Reset and restore all default apps in Windows 11

As described above, Windows users can choose which app they want as their default or preferred for file and link types.

The default app you choose will only apply to your account and not impact others on the PC. If you have changed Windows default app settings, use the steps below to reset and restore all defaults.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Settings app opens, click the Apps button on the left.

windows 11 settings apps on menu

On the right, select the Default apps tile to expand it.

Windows 11 default apps tile in the settings app

On the App -> Default app settings pane, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the tile “Reset all default apps.” Then click the Reset button.

When you click the Reset button, you will be prompted to confirm that you wish to change to Microsoft’s recommended default apps.

Click OK to confirm, and you are done. You will see a checkmark to the right of Reset all default apps to indicate when the reset has finished.

That should do it!


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