Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Don't fret, it's easy to set up your computer default programs

When I get an e-mail with an attachment for a video, the computer defaults to Real Player. I would like it to go to Windows Media Player. Can you help?

You can set this default, as well as others, as follows: For Windows XP, click Start, All Programs and then click Set Program Access and Defaults.

You'll have four categories of default sets. Click on the Microsoft Windows category to open and set the defaults of various programs to a program included with Windows.

Depending on how you are currently configured, you may also need to click the Custom category to make desired changes there.

For Windows Vista, click the Vista button, and on the right, click Default Programs.

From there you can click "Set your default programs" to see and change any or all of your defaults, or you can click "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" to change just one particular file type.

How do I know which files to delete in my Disk Cleanup? I have numerous temporary Internet files as well as Web client/pub temp files. Also, how do I find out how much free space I have?

The Disk Cleanup tool is a safe way to delete unnecessary files, meaning it will not delete your personal files and/or any file necessary for your system. The categories that come up already checked are safe to delete. The other categories that are left unchecked are safe for delete, but still may be necessary for convenience, such as the Hibernation file and/or Office setup files or Downloaded Program files. I recommend you leave the unchecked categories alone.

To find out how much free space you have on a drive, open My Computer, right-click the drive and select properties.

Send questions to [email protected] or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Don't fret, it's easy to set up your computer default programs 02/27/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:12am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start.

    The Lightning’s Vladislav Namestnikov, right, battles Damon Severson for the puck.
  2. Mother's testimony about toddler's death brings judge to tears


    TAMPA — Nayashia Williams woke up early on May 7, 2014, to the sound of her daughter calling for her. It was the last time the young mother's mornings would begin with a summons from Myla Presley, who couldn't yet climb over the mesh fencing around the playpen she used as a bed.

    Deandre Gilmore looks towards the gallery Tuesday in a Tampa courtroom. Gilmore is accused of killing the 19 month-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2014. He said the child fell while he was giving her a bath. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Speakers: Getting tough can't be only response to teen car thefts


    ST. PETERSBURG — Bob Dillinger remembers coming to Pinellas County as a legal intern in 1975. There were five major poverty zones in St. Petersburg.

    Wengay Newton, Florida House of Representatives (in front, in center), talks as a panelist to a packed room during a community forum on "Reclaiming our Youth: Is Juvenile Justice a Reality?" at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday evening (10/17/17). The event was presented by the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association. Community leaders discussed the ongoing auto theft epidemic among Pinellas youth.
  4. Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility and spousal abuse


    White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Donald Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads to an increase in abortion, spousal abuse, divorce and infertility, two people familiar with the matter told the …

  5. Black entrepreneur says city stiffing him on project after he endorsed Rick Baker


    ST. PETERSBURG — A prominent African-American resident says his endorsement of mayoral candidate Rick Baker has led city officials to freeze him out of a major construction project along the historic "Deuces" stretch of 22nd Street S.