How to Set Real Player As My Default Player

by Andrew Tennyson

Setting your favorite programs as defaults is a piece of cake with the Choose A Default prompt in Windows 8.1. From this prompt you can set RealPlayer as the default music and video player for all compatible file formats. You can also set it as the default player for certain file formats rather than all of the file formats with which it is compatible.

1

Swipe your mouse to the upper-right corner of your computer screen, enter “PC Settings” in the Search field and click “PC Settings” on the search results.

Alternatively, if you’re using a touch-screen device running Windows 8.1, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap “Settings” and then tap “Change PC Settings.” You can also access the Settings screen by pressing “Windows-C” on your keyboard, clicking “Settings” and then clicking “Change PC Settings.”

2

Click “Search and apps” and then click “Defaults” to load a list of default app categories on your computer. For RealPlayer, the relevant categories listed here are Music Player and Video Player.

3

Click the current app displayed under the Music Player heading if you want to assign RealPlayer as your default app for all compatible audio files. If there is no current default assigned, click the “Choose a default” link instead. Select "RealPlayer" from the list of available apps.

4

Click the current app displayed under the Video Player heading to assign RealPlayer as your default app for all compatible video files. If there is no current default video app assigned, click the “Choose a default” link instead. Select “Real Player” from the list of available apps.

Tips

  • check If you only want to assign RealPlayer as the default player for particular file types, you can make this change using the Choose Default Apps prompt as well. Scroll down past the default app categories on the Choose Default Apps prompt and click “Default apps by file type.” Select the file type you want to open with RealPlayer and then select RealPlayer as the app that opens that file.
  • check Depending on the version of RealPlayer you’re running, you may also be able to assign default file types within the program itself. Click “Tools” on the main menu in RealPlayer and select “Preferences.” Click the “+” icon located next to the Content heading and select “Media types.” Click “Manually configure media types for RealPlayer” and click the “Select” button. Place check marks next to each compatible file type you want RealPlayer to open by default.
  • check The default apps you select are only applied to your Windows user account. If you set RealPlayer as your default music player, for example, other users on your computer can log in to their own accounts and use Windows Media Player or any another compatible app of their choosing.

About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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