How to Set or Reset Your Default Apps in Windows 10
All currently supported versions of Windows 10
A back-to-basics Windows 10 tip.
It seems that the latest updates for Windows 10 are switching some user’s default browsers from Chrome (or Firefox or another browser) to Microsoft Edge. And we have been receiving emails from Windows 10 users who are not happy about this because all their bookmarks, extensions, passwords, etc., are saved in Chrome (or other favorite browsers). And now when they click on a link in an email or on a web page, it opens with Microsoft Edge. And their bookmarks, extensions, passwords, etc. are not there – because they are all stored in Chrome (or any other browser that was the default).
Well, you could, if you wish, keep on using Edge and import your Chrome (or Firefox or other browsers’) data into Chrome. But I think most of you who have your default browser switched by a Microsoft update without warning or advanced notice, just want things back the way they were.
So, today’s tip is how to set and reset your default apps in Windows 10 so you’re always using the programs you want to use. And if they get changed accidentally or by an update, you’ll know how to get your preferred default app(s) back.
Since Microsoft Windows updates seem to be changing some users’ default browsers, we’re going to use resetting the default web browser as an example.
How to Set or Reset Your Default Web Browser
1.) Open Settings (Windows key + I or right-click the start button and
2.) In Settings click on Apps
3.) In Apps, click Default apps in the menu on the left.
4.) Under “Web browser” click on the browser that is displayed (in this case Microsoft Edge)
5.) When you click on the browser name displayed under “Web browser” a list of browsers that are installed on your device will appear. Click on the browser you want to use.
6.) But, if you try to switch from Microsoft Edge to Chrome or any other browser, Microsoft blocks you with a message extolling the virtues of using Microsoft Edge. You need to click on “Switch anyway” or you won’t be able to change your web browser. Once you click “Switch anyway” your default browser will be switch to the one you selected. And will remain your default browser until you or another Microsoft update changes it.
How to Set or Reset Other Default Apps
And as long as we’re discussing how to set or reset your default browser, keep in mind you can set or reset your default:
- Email program
- Maps program
- Media player
- Photo viewer
The same way as you change your default web browser.
Use Settings, Apps & Features to Uninstall Programs and Apps
All currently supported versions of Windows 10
We usually use Reg Organizer or HiBit Uninstaller when we uninstall programs. But sometimes, when we think the app won’t leave too many traces behind, or we’re just feeling lazy, we uninstall the program the old-fashioned way using Control Panel / Programs / Uninstall a Program.
But sometimes even old dogs can learn new tricks. We were stuck in the rut of using Control Panel to remove programs because we’ve been doing it that way for so many years. Maybe you’re that way too. Anyway, today we had occasion to use Settings > Apps >Apps & features to uninstall a few programs.
If you’ve never used it before, it’s simple – and you can even uninstall some Microsoft Store apps this way as well
Just click on the app you want to remove and click the Uninstall button when it appears. Simple!
And don’t waste your time scrolling down a lengthy list of programs & apps when looking for the program or app you want to remove… use the search box, we tells ya!
You can also uninstall some (but not all) Microsoft Store apps from Settings > Apps > Apps & features as well.
So, if you normally use Control Panel to uninstall programs, the next time, try using Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Open Settings (right-click on the start button, click “Settings”) then click Apps and choose Apps & features.
And you can also open settings using the Windows key shortcut,
Windows key + I (that's an aye Matey!)
Private Browsing is Not Private... but there some things it's
Everyone who browses the internet
While private browsing is anything but private, there are some good reasons to use it, but none them are related to hiding your activities, as you aren’t going to hide anything by using private browsing. Every site you visit is logged by your ISP and most of the time by the site you’re visiting. Your IP address is being logged; private browsing does not hide your IP address. Yet many people think they’re skulking around the Internet anonymously when they are using private browsing, but alas anonymity requires a lot more than using a browser’s private browsing mode. If it’s not really private, then what good is it?
1. Use Private Browsing when you don’t want cookies or temp files from sites you’ve visited stored on your computer. Using private browsing doesn’t store cookies or the site urls you visit on the local computer. If you’re a lady looking for a new husband, you don’t have to worry about your husband looking through your temp files and finding photos of your new prospective husband or cookies from www.soyourelookingforanewhusband.com – or EB’s favorite www.sugardaddy4ubaby.com . I only know EB frequents that site because I snuck up on her while she was perusing a gaggle of shirtless, fat, rich, old men.
2. Logging into multiple accounts from the same computer: If you’re logged into, let’s say one of your Gmail accounts, when you try to log into another it will make you sign out of the account you’re logged into (there’s a way around this but that’s for another issue). If you want to open another Gmail account, etc. just open private browsing, and log into the other account. If you want to log into 5 Gmail accounts, for example, at one time just open 4 private browsing windows.
3. Search without cookies that identify you: You can search Amazon or PayPal etc. from a private browsing Window without seeing it come up on searches you perform when you’re logged into a site. Since cookies are not carried over from a private browsing session, sites cannot use them to identify you when you search using private mode, then log into the site to purchase. This also provides you with a means whereby you can check the contents of a site as a new user and compare prices to make sure aren’t getting better prices than members. Hey, it happens all the time.
4. Checking email or browsing from someone else’s (or a public) computer. When need to check your email, check an account, or browse on someone else’s computer may want to use private browsing for that because browsing history, email provider and accounts are not saved to the computer. Private browsing never saves web history, cookies or web data.
So private browsing is useful for a lot things, but not for hiding your identity from your ISP, the FBI, the NSA, the famous super-sleuth, EB or the websites you visit, I tells ya.
Oh and we almost forgot – here are some keyboard shortcuts for launching a private browsing session:
Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer: Ctrl+Shift+p launches a new private browsing window.
Chrome and Opera: Ctrl+Shift+n is the shortcut to open a new private browsing (incognito) window.
And there you go – everything you ever wanted to know about private browsing but were afraid to ask
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Just Three Weeks Until Christmas
Last night, late, when the house was quiet and the only sound was the winter wind whipping the lifeless trees, I watched the flame of a single candle flicker and thought about what Christmas means to me. I looked out the window and saw a winter scene painted by an unseen hand – snow swirling in the streets, dark, leafless branches of a sleeping maple and a Japanese cherry, Christmas lights adorning the house across the street.
And it occurred to me, then, that Christmas is only three weeks away. When I was a small child, those three weeks would have seemed an eternity as I waited for Santa Claus and the bounty of gifts, I was sure he would bring. Three weeks until Christmas. How different – how much shorter three weeks seems now than it did when I was a child.
Three weeks is but a tick of the clock now.
The flame of the candle flickers and before I know it, Christmas will be just another memory in an aging warehouse of memories that grows larger and larger and darker and darker as I grow older and older.
A draft nearly blows the candle out, but the flame only bends. It flickers on – as I do.
Three weeks until Christmas.
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