Set program access and computer defaults

In Set Program Access and Computer Defaults, you can make an app inaccessible without uninstalling it. You can also set default apps for some common activities that will apply to all accounts on the PC.

To start, open the Set Program access and computer defaults page:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

  2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then tap or click Control Panel.

  3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then tap or click Default Programs.

  4. Tap or click Set program access and computer defaults.

Set program access

If you want to make a program inaccessible without uninstalling it, you can set it so it doesn't appear where programs are typically listed.

  1. On the Set Program access and computer defaults page, under Choose a configuration, tap or click Custom.

  2. Clear the Enable access to this program check box next to the programs you want to make inaccessible, and then tap or click OK.

Notes

  • You can make a program accessible again by reselecting the check box.

  • Changes you make to program access will be applied to all users on this PC.

  • Some non-Microsoft programs might continue to show icons even if you clear the check box for that program.

Set default programs

You can set default apps for some common activities that will apply to all accounts on the PC. However, we recommend you use the default settings found under PC Settings. For more info, go to Choose the apps Windows uses by default.

  1. On the Set Program access and computer defaults page, under Choose a configuration, select one of the following:

    • Computer Manufacturer: Programs selected by the computer manufacturer are set as defaults. This option may not be available.

    • Microsoft Windows: Programs that are included with Windows are set as defaults. You can still access all other programs installed on your computer.

    • Non-Microsoft: Non-Microsoft programs that are installed on your computer are set as defaults. Access to the specified Microsoft programs will be removed. You can, however, restore access to Microsoft programs at any time by changing the setting to Custom.

    • Custom: You can select a combination of Windows and non-Microsoft programs as defaults.

  2. Tap or click OK.

Notes

  • All options presented in the Microsoft Windows and Non-Microsoft configurations are available in the Custom section.

  • In the Custom section, if you select Use my current, the current default program for that category will continue to be used.