Default Programs Editor: Yet Another Free Alternative to Windows Default File Type Option

Recently we posted about "FileTypesMan" which is an alternative to the "File Types" tab in "Folder Options" of Windows.

Today we are going to share another free tool which is a powerful file association utility for Windows.

"Default Programs Editor" is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor; essentially, the settings in the "Default Programs" Control Panel page. It's a replacement for the "File Types" dialog in Windows XP, and brings some key features of TweakUI to Windows Vista/7.


Features List:

File Type Settings:

  • Add, Edit, and Delete context menu items
  • Edit file type information (such as icon and description)
  • Change an extension's associated file type

Autoplay Settings:

  • Add, Edit, and Delete autoplay handler programs
  • Change which autoplay options are available for any media type
  • Change the default autoplay handler

Default Programs Settings:

  • Add or Remove default associations (possible to check, but not un-check, in Windows)

Additional Features:

  • Disable the "Search web for unknown extension" dialog
  • Standalone utility, or install as a Control Panel applet
  • Make direct changes to the system registry, or export edits as .reg files
  • Designed for Vista and Windows 7 with UAC support

Its a portable app so you don't need to install it. Simply run the EXE file.

Download Link


PS: If you are a Windows XP or Vista user, you'll need to install .NET Framework 3.5 to be able to use this app. Windows 7 users don't need to install it as its already included.

Thanks to our reader "André" for suggesting it...

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Posted in: Software, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • This is a good program because you cant edit file types in Vista like in XP Folder options

    Thanks VG for this!

  • It's interesting how coincidentally you posted about two of these default file opening programs the same week I was trying to find the registry keys so as to remove the default program wrongly set for an extension (just because the darned icon overlay looked ugly) :p

    Work accomplished.Thanks.

  • Got aproblem and your mentioned soft repaired it. Thanks

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