How to Change the Default Apps on Your Chromebook

Chromebook

If you are new to Chrome OS, you will quickly discover that the device comes with a collection of pre-installed apps. These apps have been created by Google to be used as default apps for various tasks. While this is convenient for a first-time user, if you are someone who likes changing things up and making your Chromebook your own, then you’ll want to start changing default apps.

Changing default apps on a Chromebook is easy, and in this article, I’ll show you how to do that.

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Setting Default Apps on a Chromebook

  • Open the Files app and go to the file whose default app you would like to change.
  • Click on the file to select it.
  • On the top right-hand side of the navigation bar, you’ll see an option that reads “Open.”
Open a File on a Chromebook
  • Click the drop-down button next to the word Open. You will see a list of apps that can open this file.
  • Click on the option below the app list called Change Default.
Change a default app
  • Choose the app you would like to set as default and click on it so that a blue checkmark appears next to it.
Change a default app on a Chromebook

Alternatively;

  • Click on the file in question to select it.
  • Right-click and select Open With.
Right click on a File to change default app
  • Scroll down to the Change Default Option and change the default app.

Related Article: How to Use the Files App on a Chromebook


Opening a File using an app other than the default

Follow these steps if you’d like to open a file with another app but do not want to change the default app.

  • Open the Files app and select the file in question.
  • On the top right-hand side of the navigation bar, click the drop-down button next to the word Open.
  • You will see a list of apps that can open this file.
Choose an app to open a file
  • Select the app you’d like to open the file with.

Alternatively;

  • Click on the file in question to select it.
  • Right-click and select Open With.
Right click to select an app to open a file
  • Scroll through the apps that can open the file and select the app of your choice.

And there you have it. Are the Chromebook default apps not cutting it for you? You can easily change them from the Files app. Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments section below.

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