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I will show you four ways to change default apps in Windows 10. First, I am going to show you a rather easier way to change default apps that should work fine for most regular users. Afterward, I’ll show more comprehensive ways that are best for advanced users.
1. Change via “Open with” menu
The Open with context menu entry is still available in Windows 10 and it’s not too different from the previous versions. As someone who just wants to immediately associate a default app to their required file type, this option is perfect. Of course, it’s not a reliable option for managing multiple file types, but I’ll get to that later.
Right-click on the file of which you want to change default app and go to Open with > Choose another app.
Now under Other options, you’ll see a list of apps that could open the respective file (click More apps to see all). Select the required app from the list, and check the checkbox next to Always use this app to open (X) files. When you’ll hit OK, the selected app will be set as default.
In case your program isn’t listed there, then scroll down and click on Look for another app on this PC. This will open up the File Explorer and you can navigate and select the execute file (.exe) of your required app. You can select both desktop shortcut or the original execute file.
Access Default apps manager
For the next 3 methods, you need to access the Windows Default apps manager first. To do so, go to Windows 10 Settings > Apps > Default apps.
2. Alter “Choose default apps by file type” option
If you scroll down in the Default apps manager, you’ll find an option of Choose default apps by file type. This is probably the most comprehensive way to change Windows 10 default apps.
When you’ll open it, you’ll see a big list of all the file types that are supported by Windows 10. And next to each file, there is an app that you can associate with it. All you need to do is click the app next to each file type and select your required app.
The file types are alphabetically listed, you should have no problem finding your required file type. The only problem here is that this section doesn’t allow you to open file types by searching apps in your PC. Whatever apps Windows 10 has listed here, are the ones you can select.
3. Alter “Choose default apps by protocol” option
You’ll also see an option of Choose default apps by protocol, this includes links or URLs in your browser or apps. I am not talking about regular website URLs, I am talking about complete protocols dedicated to specific apps. Such as MailTo links that are required to be handled by an email app, or an FTP URL that requires an FTP server installed.
Most of these protocols are dedicated to Microsoft services and only Microsoft apps can handle them, but there are still many protocols that third-party apps can handle. The apps are listed next to each protocol and you can click on them to select the required app if available. Again, you can only choose the apps that Windows 10 shows, there is no option to browse the PC.
4. Using the old Default Programs manager
The above two options are good for managing default apps, but I personally prefer the old Default Program manager that came with Windows 7 and 8. Thankfully, it is still available in Windows 10 and Microsoft has been kind enough to add a link to it in the Windows 10 Default apps manager.
In the Default Apps manager, you can click on the link Set defaults by app to open the old Default Programs manager.
Here on the left, you’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your PC, both native and third-party. If you select any of the apps, you’ll find two options for it, Set this program as default and Choose defaults for this program. Below is an explanation of each:
Set this program as default
This option will assign all the file types and protocols that the respective app can handle. You should be careful with this option and only use it when you trust the app for all your needs.
For example, I trust Opera browser for opening all my links – including MailTo -, but I still want Adobe Acrobat to open my PDF files as it’s better for the job. So just for that one feature, I can’t use the Set this program as default option. Just read all the protocols and file types first (more on it below), and then use this option if applicable.
Choose defaults for this program
This option lets you manually select file types and protocol. It will list all the file types and protocols that the app is capable of handling. You just need to check the checkbox next to the file names and then click Save to associate them with the app.
However, you can’t uncheck any of the already associated file types or protocols. Simply because if you’ll remove the default app for the file type, then no app will open it until reassigned to a different app. So Windows doesn’t allow this. You must add the file type or protocol in another alternative app to remove its support from the current app.
I believe Choose default for this program is a better choice for managing defaults as it gives you full control.
Reset default apps
While managing defaults, one can get carried away and end up configuring wrong default apps to files. Thankfully, Windows 10 has a Reset button to reset all the default apps to the ones recommended by Microsoft. The Reset button is also available in the same Windows 10 Default apps interface, and clicking on it will immediately reset all defaults.
In most cases, the Open with context menu entry method should be good enough for you as it’s easier and more customizable. However, for batch processing, you’ll have to depend on the dedicated Default apps manager.
Being a social media marketer, you need to be constantly updated with the new trends and technology. Although there are a lot of ways to update yourself in this area like, workshops, online courses, and ebooks for social media marketers etc. However, the quickest and most interesting of these tools are infographics.
Whether you want to give a quick refresher to your knowledge or make it a part of your presentations, here are 50 interesting cheatsheets and infographics for social media marketers. Go ahead and take a look at the full list after the jump.
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Recently, I switched my ISP and suddenly noticed slower browsing and server connection failures even though my internet speed was fine. I figured out that it had to do something with my DNS server, so I switched to a better DNS server based on my location. To my surprise, I not only managed to fix slow browsing but actually gained 40% more speed than usual.
Your default DNS server directly affects how fast you’ll be able to connect to a website. So choosing the fastest server according to your location will help speed up browsing. In this post, I’ll show you how to find the best DNS server for your location and apply it to your router or your PC.
First, let’s learn what is DNS so you know what you are dealing with. When we need to access a website, we enter its name in the address bar to open it up. However, your browser can only connect to a website using its IP address, not the alphabetical address that we normally use.
This is where the DNS server comes into play by finding the IP address of the alphabetical URL you have entered and then directing the browser to the right website.
It is basically a phone book of website IP addresses and alphabetic names that work as a middleman to help your browser connect to the right website. There are thousands of DNS servers available worldwide, and connecting to the closest and most reliable one will help speed up your browsing.
A good server should be able to quickly find the right IP address, and it should be near enough to your location to quickly send it your way.
By default, your ISP will connect to their own DNS server or any other DNS server of their choosing. So it is wise to look for the best server for your location and manually configure it. Don’t worry, the process isn’t that difficult and anyone can do it.
Search for the best DNS server
To find the best server you will need help from a third-party tool. For this purpose, namebench and DNSBench are two popular tools. Although, I recommend using DNSBench as it is easier to use and doesn’t require any manual intervention. For demonstration, I’ll be using DNSBench:
Download DNSBench and run the tool.
Move to the “Nameservers” section and click on the “Run Benchmark” button.
The tool will take few minutes to search for the best servers based on its recommended list of 72 servers.
However, this custom list is biased towards US residents, if you are living outside of USA then you should do a worldwide DNS server search. If you are a US resident, then stick with the first 2 DNS addresses recommended after the scan and apply them as I tell you later in this article.
To do a worldwide DNS server search, DNSBench will automatically ask you about the benchmark to create a “Custom list” of 50 best servers selected from 4849 servers available worldwide. Click on the “Build Custom List” button and the process will start.
The process will take approximately 37 minutes to complete, but it is only needed to be done once for your current location and ISP.
After the process, you will see top 50 DNS servers for your current location with their address mentioned in the left column. You can simply choose the top 2 DNS servers as the results are listed according to the fastest ones on top.
However, you should also move to the Tabular Data section to make sure that the first two servers are 100% reliable under the “Reliab%” section. Apart from speed, a stable connection is also important. If the server is not 100% reliable, then you may move to the next best server in the list.
Apply the best DNS servers
Now that you have two best DNS server addresses in your hand, let’s see how you can use them. You have two options here, either you can configure the DNS at router level or configure it per device.
If you want every connected device to use the same DNS server, then you may configure it at router level. Although, if you only want a single device to use the new DNS servers, then it can be easily done on both your PC and smartphone.
Configure router DNS
First, you will have to access the router settings using the router IP address that looks something like “192.168.1.1“. In case you don’t know your router’s IP address, then you easily search for it right inside your Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux PC. Enter this address in your browser address bar and hit enter.
You’ll be asked to provide a username and a password. Usually, this is written at the back of your router, if not, then go to Router Passwords website and search for your router’s manufacturer. They should be able to provide the username and password.
Once inside the router settings, you need to look for DNS settings. Usually it is listed under the Advanced options. When found, you should see two fields asking you to enter primary and secondary DNS servers. Here enter the top DNS server address in the primary field, and the second best server in the secondary field. Now save the changes and it will be applied.
Good to know: It’s good to enter two DNS servers to make sure you always have a DNS lookup service in case the first DNS server faces any problem. Although you can also only enter one DNS server if you like, but it’s not recommended.
Change DNS server per device
For demonstration purpose, I am going to use a Windows PC. However, you can easily configure the DNS settings in Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS by following the links I provided.
In Windows, press Windows + R keys and type ncpa.cpl in the Run dialog to open network connections. Here right-click on your current connection and select Properties from the menu.
Next, select “Internet Protocol Version 4” from the list and then click on the Properties button below.
In Properties, select “Use the following DNS server addresses:” and enter the primary and secondary DNS addresses. Afterward, click on OK to confirm the changes.
Now your PC will always use the provided DNS servers to lookup websites.
I believe everyone should go through the process of finding and applying the best DNS server. Even if you don’t face slow browsing, you may still be able to speed it up further if you use the right DNS server.
Besides, some DNS servers also offer more features. Such as OpenDNS that offers parental controls and protection from phishing and botnet attacks.
In this glorious/terrifying digital age we live in, there truly is an app for everything. We’re talking ordering pizza, operating a drone, learning a new language, even checking out what it would look like if we were to merge faces with Danny Trejo (pretty unsettling, FYI).
There are literally millions of downloadables floating around, a handful of which claim to be able to help us refine our style, but which ones are actually worth having?
To save you from cluttering up your smartphone finding out, we’ve compiled a rundown of the apps we think no stylish man should be without.
Instagram isn’t just a place to share pictures of your lunch or funny snaps of your dog – this platform is filled with fashion and style inspiration for men of all ages and tastes.
Not only have global brands flocked to the social media network since its inception back in 2010, but the very best menswear bloggers, street style photographers and publications like us can also be found amongst its millions of profiles.
eBay is great and all, but for those who find the process of making a listing a tad arduous, Depop might just be your new best mate.
Best summed up as an Instagram version of the auction site, simply take a few quick snaps of the item you want to sell, fill in some basic details, and your clothes will be listed as images in grid form for all to see and buy at the push of a button.
Some fashion brands are better than others. That’s just a fact. And while you might be obsessed with Nike and Under Armour, does that mean they’re the best brands out there? No, it certainly doesn’t. And to be honest, those brands are trash compared to other street style companies that have been around a lot longer and made an actual influence on society. I’m not trying to piss anyone off, but here are the TRUE best streetwear brands in the game right now:
Supreme is by far one of the best streetwear brands out there. This skateboarding shop turned clothing brand, created by James Jebbia, started off as a small company in downtown Manhattan and quickly became a designers dreams. Thanks to collaborations with top luxury/streetwear brands like Louis Vuitton, Nike, and Kermit the Frog, Supreme is the brand people want to be wearing. Even celebrities like; Cara Delevingne and DJ Khaled have been pictured wearing this. Consumers don’t seem to have a problem dropping thousands of dollars if that means they get to rock a Supreme Louis Vuitton Bag (which sells for no less than $ 4,000, btw) and post a picture of it on Instagram.