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How to Undo Always Open With in Windows 10

There are two methods you can employ to undo or to modify a default app for a specific file type. The first is to simply use the right-click context menu, while the second involves leveraging a Windows 10 settings in order to change the default app for multiple file types (such as .pdf, .3gpp, .ods, etc.) — all from one place.

Let’s explore both methods.

Method 1: Changing or Undoing a Default App Using the Right-Click Context Menu

Step 1: With this method, select a file — or in this case, the file type you’d want to change the default app for, and then right-click on it to have the context menu pop up.

an example of a windows 10 context menu
Step 1: Right-click on the file to initiate the context menu.

Step 2: As shown, hover your mouse to the “open with” option. Once you do, from the available choices, one of them would be “choose another app.”

choose another app option in a Windows 10 context menu
Step 2: Select the “choose another app” option.

Step 3: Clicking on choose another app will open a dialog box that will provide you with the following three possibilities:

  1. Keep using this app: This essentially translates into the fact that whatever app that is shown, is what’s going to be used to open that file.
  2. Other Options: Here, you can elect to go with another app to open that same file. Windows 10 will recognize some of the applications that can support your file, but you can choose something else entirely by either going to the App Store, or browsing your computer.
  3. Always use this App to open .(yourfiletype) files: This is actually a checkbox that you can select to change the default app for a file type (after picking another application from other options) or if you want to continue using the app shown in “keep using this app.” See the screenshot below to see how all three choices look like.
how do you want to open this file
A typical “How do you want to open this file?” dialog box in Windows 10.

To undo your default always open with app, select another one from “other options,” and make sure to select the checkbox with always use this app to open (.filetype) files. Doing so will allow you to switch from the app you don’t want to use — to the one you want to, for that specific file.

Method 2: Making Tweaks From “Choose a Default App for Each Type of File” Settings

Comparatively speaking, the end result is the same, except with this method, you can make adjustments to many file types — all from one place.

To undo always open in Windows 10 with this setting, follow the steps along.

Step 1: Search for “choose a default app for each type of file” without the quotes, in the start menu.

choose a default app for each type of file
As shown, search for the suggested, and open the system settings that shows up under Best Match.

Note that it may take a few seconds for this system setting to open, as Windows extracts all the information for you.

Step 2: In this setting, you’ll notice that the list is arranged alphabetically. So, all you have to do is find your file type, under the “name” column, and then, if you’d like to change the default app, click on the existing app, and select the one you’d want. (screenshot below for reference).

changing default app for file types in Windows 10
As demonstrated, you can change the default app for your file type, and repeat the process for all of the ones you’d want to update, all from the same system setting.

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If you ever needed to know how to undo always open with in Windows 10, then this is how! The two methods described here are more than sufficient to make all the necessary adjustments you’d want.

For a single to a few file types, you can utilize method 1; otherwise, for multiple, you’re better off with using method 2.