How to Set or Change the Default Media Player in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Monday, July 31, 2023

How to Set or Change the Default Media Player in Windows 11

Like its earlier versions, Windows 11/10 chooses its default players to run your music and video clips. But, what if you do not like the default media player and instead, want a different program to open your music and video files?  You can set your desired program as the default Media Player in Windows 11/10. Let us see how to do it.

How to Change Default Media Player Windows 11?

If you want to make Windows Media Player default in Windows 11 again, or if you want to use your favorite media player as the default player instead of the Windows 11 Media Player, you can follow the following instructions.

1. Set Default Media Player Windows 11 Settings

First of all, let’s see how to customize the default media player in Windows 11 Settings app.

1. Click the Windows 11 Start Menu and select Settings in the popup.

2. When the Settings window pops up, choose Apps in the left panel.

3. Find the Default apps option in the right section and click on it.

4. Find one of the media players that you have on this computer and click on it.

On the next page, it will show a long list of different file types (formats/extensions). You can specify the default media player as Windows Media Player or another media player for each file extension.

Since there are many file extensions, you don’t need to set their default player one by one. Just pick up the file formats you usually use and assign a default media player to them.

2. Set Windows Media Player as Default Windows 11

Secondly, you can change the default media player on Windows 11 by right-clicking.

1. Right-click one of your common media files (types) and select Open with > Choose another app.

2. In the new window, select your desired media player. If a media player does not support the current file type, it will not show in the list.

3. Check Always use this app to open .xxx files.

4. Click OK to save the change and open the media file with the selected media player.

In that way, you have successfully set your desired media player as the default media player for the specific media file format in Windows 11.


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