Default Programs Editor – A Useful File Association Editor for Windows

Default Programs Editor is a very useful tool which helps you to edit file type associations, add or remove AutoPlay handlers and static context menu entries. In Windows, there is no built-in option provided to add or edit context menu entries and static verbs. Here is where the Default Programs Editor comes in handy. This program runs in Windows Vista through Windows 10.

Features of Default Programs Editor

File Type Settings

  • Add, Edit, and Delete context menu items
  • Change file type icon & description
  • Change an extension’s associated file type

Autoplay Settings

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

Default Programs Settings

  • Add or Remove default associations


change the default icon for a file type

change the default icon for a file type

You can download Default Programs Editor from

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

5 thoughts on “Default Programs Editor – A Useful File Association Editor for Windows”

  1. I used this app to add a context menu option for audio files I have in a XP PC, Play with IrfanView, but it didn’t work in W7. I associated the action to the IrfanView executable, like I did in XP, but the problem seems to be that in XP IrfanView invokes a plug-in or something that Default Programs Editor can’t deal with or enable in W7.

  2. I think it would have helped your article to mention right away that this is a 3rd party application. My thoughts were “Where did this come from in Windows 7???” Great application find though!

  3. Can the program set or remove associations between extensions and programs.
    My *.cmd somehow got set to an executable instead of some type of shell/dos, whatever.


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