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FIX: How do you want to open this file?


In this article, we will explore the best ways to deal with this message, and we will discuss how to make it go away for good if you want to. Read on to find out more.

What can I do if how do you want to open this file pops up?

  1. Choose a default program to open your file
  2. Change the Default app settings

1. Choose a default program to open your file

  1. Double-click on the icon of the file you want to open, to get the message How do you want to open this file message.
  2. When the message appears, you can select any of the compatible programs from the list, or click on More Apps to search for another software inside the Windows Store.
  3. If you already know which app opens the file, then you can also click on the Always use this app to open file, to set that application as default.
    always use this app How do you want to open this file

Note: This solution works great if you don’t mind going through the same process every time you encounter this error.


2. Change the Default app settings

  1. Click on the Search bar and type default programs.
  2. Select the Default apps.
  3. You can click on each of the sections for the main file types, and choose a preferred default program for that file type.choose an app how do you want to open this file
  4. Now Windows will automatically open up photos by using the Photos built-in app (or any application you choose)

Note: The software available in the list will vary depending on the type of file you want to set the default app for


In this article we explored two methods which will take care of the How do you want to open this file message.

The solutions offered in this list will surely resolve any problems relating to this issue. Please feel free to let us know how this worked out for you by using the comment section below.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2019 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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