How to Set 7zip Default in Windows 10

When it comes to handling compressed files on Windows, one of the most popular choices is the 7-Zip file archiver. It is a free, reliable, and feature-rich software that supports various archive file formats. However, after installing 7-Zip, many users find that it is not set as the default program for opening archive files. This can lead to confusion and the need to manually set it as the default opener. In this guide, we will explore three different methods to set 7-Zip as the default archive opener on your Windows system.

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Method 1 : Change file associations from 7-Zip itself

  • Launch the 7-Zip File Manager in administrative mode by pressing the Start button, typing ‘7-Zip’, and selecting ‘Run as administrator’.
  • Once the File Manager is open, go to the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Options’.
  • In the Options window, make sure you are on the ‘System’ tab.
  • You will see two ‘+’ buttons: one for associating files with 7-Zip for the current user and one for all users.
  • You can individually select the file types you want to open with 7-Zip by clicking the corresponding ‘+’ button. Alternatively, you can click the ‘+’ button twice to set 7-Zip as the default for all file types.
  • Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Method 2 : Set 7-Zip as default from Windows Explorer

There are two ways to set 7-Zip as the default archiver using Windows Explorer.

Option 1: Using File Properties

  • Right-click on a zipped file and select ‘Properties’.
  • In the Properties window, navigate to the ‘General’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Change’ button.

  • A window will appear showing the available programs to open this type of file. Select ‘7-Zip File Manager’ and click ‘OK’.

Option 2: Using the ‘Open With’ feature

  • Right-click on a zipped file and select ‘Open With’ and then ‘Choose another app’.

  • In the window that appears, click on ‘More apps’ if ‘7-Zip File Manager’ is not listed.
  • Scroll down and click on ‘Look for another app on this PC’.

  • Locate the 7-Zip executable file (default location: C:\Program Files\7-Zip) and click ‘OK’.

Method 3 : Set 7-Zip as default using Windows Settings

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  • Click on ‘Apps’ and then select ‘Default apps’ from the left panel.

  • Scroll down on the right panel and click on ‘Set defaults by file type’.

  • In the list of file types, locate the ones you want to open with 7-Zip and click on the app next to them.
  • If ‘7-Zip File Manager’ is not listed, click on ‘Look for an app in the Microsoft Store’ and download 7-Zip.
  • Return to the ‘Set defaults by file type’ window and select ‘7-Zip File Manager’.

If you encounter file types that are not listed or are associated with Windows Explorer, you can try the following:

  • Go to the Default Apps settings window and select ‘Choose default apps by protocol’.
  • Look for the file type you want to associate with 7-Zip, such as .zip files.
  • If the file type is associated with Windows Explorer, follow Method #1 or Method #2 to set 7-Zip as the default opener.

By following these methods, you can set 7-Zip as the default file archiver on your Windows system. Remember that even though 7-Zip doesn’t automatically assign itself as the default opener for zipped files, you can easily set it as your preferred archiver using the methods mentioned above. We hope this guide has helped you in setting up 7-Zip as your default archive opener. If you have any other methods or suggestions, feel free to share them with us.

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