How To Set Microsoft Office Word As Default In Windows 10


Would you like to set Microsoft Office Word application as the default in Windows 10? Want to set Word as the default for a specific file type in Windows 10? In this guide, we will see four ways out there to set Office Word as the default in Windows 10.


When you install Office Word on your PC, the installer automatically sets Word as the default program for certain file types. The Word is not automatically set as default for some file types that it supports. For instance, it supports PDF out of the box but is not set as the default.

If you would like to set it as the default for other file types as well, you can do so by following the directions in one of the given below methods.

Method 1 of 4

Set Word as default in Windows 10

Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Apps > Default apps. Click on Set defaults by app link to open a page displaying all installed apps and programs in Windows 10.


Step 2: Scroll down the page to see Word entry. Click on the Word entry to reveal the hidden Manage button. Click on the Manage button.


Step 3: The page now displays all file extensions (file types) that Word program supports and the current default program for all those extensions.


To set Word as default for a file type, click on the program name next to it and then click on Word program from the list to set it as the default.

Method 2 of 4

Another way to set Word as the default in Windows 10

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings > Apps > Default apps page and then click on Choose default apps by file type link.


Step 2: As you can see, the page displays file types and associated programs. To set Word as the default for a type, click on the + sign or program’s icon next to the file type and then select Word from the list.


Method 3 of 4

Set Word as default from the context menu

Step 1: Right-click on a file (file type) for which you would like to set Word as the default program, click Open with, and click Choose another app.

Step 2: Check Always use this app to open this file type option. Select Word if it’s being shown. If not, click More apps to see Word program in the list. Click on the Word program’s entry to set it as the default for the selected file type.


Method 4 of 4

Use Default Programs Editor to set Word as default

There is a third-party free utility called Default Programs Editor to enable you to easily change file associations in Windows 10. The program sports the classic built-in Default Programs window which has been removed from the current version of Windows 10.

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