In Windows opening files with different applications is simple. Learn how to open files with different applications in this free lesson.
When you open a file in Windows, it will usually open in the default application for that type of file. For example, a photo will open in Windows Photo Viewer (or the Photos application in Windows 8) by default. But you may not always want this. In this lesson, we'll show you how to open a file in a different application, as well as how to change the default application so a file will always open in your preferred program.
If you're using Windows 8, files will usually open in a Start screen application, even if you opened it from the desktop. If you prefer to work in the desktop, you can choose to open the file with a desktop application. For example, a jpeg picture in Windows 8 will open in the Photos application by default, but you can open it on the desktop in Windows Photo Viewer instead.
As you learned in our lesson on Working with Files, you can locate and double-click a file to open it. It will open in the default application for that type of file.
Sometimes you may want to open a file in a different application without changing the default. For example, you may want to open a photo with Microsoft Paint to crop or resize it.
You may prefer to change the default application for certain types of files so they'll always open in the new app when you double-click them. For example, you may want your photos to always open in Windows Photo Viewer instead of the Photos application.