Default Programs Editor – A Useful File Association Editor for Windows 7 and Vista

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 Vista and Windows 7, there is no option provided to add or edit context menu entries and static verbs (as in Windows XP’s "File Types" dialog.) Here is where the Default Programs Editor comes in handy.

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


Fig 1: Default Programs Editor main window.


Fig 2: Context Menu Editor. (Remember the File Types dialog in Windows XP?)


Fig 3: Add or Remove AutoPlay Entries and manage settings


Fig 4: File Associations Editor


Fig 5: Additional Program Options

Default Programs Editor is designed for Vista and Windows 7. [Visit the Author’s site to download the software.]

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in Windows — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP (2003-2012) who contributes to various Windows support forums.

3 thoughts on “Default Programs Editor – A Useful File Association Editor for Windows 7 and Vista”

  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!

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