Default Programs Editor Icon Default Programs Editor
Default Programs Editor is a powerful but simple file association utility for Windows.

  • 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

Source Code
Default Programs Editor was originally completely closed source freeware. However, I am beginning to release its components in stages as their own open source projects. The first to be available are the UI portions, Aero.Wizard and Aero.Controls.

More Info + Download
Default Programs Editor has its own website with more info, screenshots, feedback, and download page at

Recent News
Default Programs Editor 2.7
The next version of Default Programs Editor has been posted, along with a total site redesign. All the important stuff is now on the root page, and I’ve severely dialed back on cruft to put most of your experience on a single page. And, one mor [...]
Posted 1 Nov 2010, 3:51 am

Call for ideas for DPE 2.7
After taking a bit of a break from the project, I’m reopening development of Default Programs Editor, with a couple of great ideas in mind. The feedback since I launched 2.0 almost a year ago has been outstanding, and has guided six minor relea [...]
Posted 3 Jul 2010, 4:05 pm

Default Programs Editor 2.6 Update
I discovered a couple stupid bugs right after I posted 2.5, so here’s a quick 2.6 update to resolve them. Version 2.6.1837.1459 (February 14, 2010) Bugs Fixed: – Fixed a discrepancy between value data types when saving to a .reg file vs [...]
Posted 14 Feb 2010, 8:14 pm

Default Programs Editor 2.5 Update
Default Programs Editor 2.5 was posted this week. The changelog is┬ámonstrous; this version has the most bug and crash fixes to date. If you’ve got an idea or gripe, head over to DPE’s UserVoice forum and talk about it! Version 2.5.1823.2 [...]
Posted 13 Feb 2010, 3:38 am

Aero.Wizard and Aero.Controls code pack released
I’m pleased to announce the first stage of my roadmap to fully open Default Programs Editor with the release of Aero.Wizard and Aero.Controls. What are Aero.Wizard and Aero.Controls? Aero.Wizard is an WinForms implementation of an Aero Wizard D [...]
Posted 20 Nov 2009, 7:52 pm

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