Select an installed desktop program and set it as a default for everything, or select the file types the program opens
Search Windows 8 or 8.1 for default programs, or you can also find it in Control Panel
Set your default programs is the quickest way to set file associations
You can customize exactly which files are open by default by each program
Right-click a file to temporarily choose an app to open it in
Tired of Windows 8 opening your files in metro-style apps? Here's how to make them open in desktop apps instead
One of the more annoying behaviors in Windows 8 and 8.1 is that all of your files are set to open in native Metro-style apps. For instance, if you're working on the desktop and view a picture or PDF, it opens full screen in the associated app. If you're working on a traditional computer without a touchscreen, this is frustrating to say the least. Especially if you're on a laptop with a single screen. Here's how to take control of your Windows 8 system and make your files open in the desktop programs you want them to.
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