How to Make VLC The Default Player

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions

The best way to make VLC Media Player the default player on your computer is to set it up that way during the installation itself. VLC Media Player, during the process of installation, asks you whether you would like to associate the different media file types with VLC or not. By default, all the file types are checked and it allows you to uncheck any if you want to.

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Though, if you have not done this while installing VLC Media Player on your computer but want to make it the default player now, you have come to the right place. We will be telling you how to do that in very easy steps and that too on Windows and Mac both. Ok, so let’s begin.

Part 1. How to Make VLC the Default Player for Windows

Step 1 Select the MTS File You Want To Play

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Step 2 Select the Interface button on the left hand side and select Set up associations at the bottom.

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Step 3 Choose the file types from the list that should have appeared before you now, that you would like VLC to be the default player for OR you can also go with the option Select All for associating all file types with VLC and hit Save to save these settings. With this you have made VLC the default player on your Windows computer.

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Part 2. How to Make VLC the Default Player for Mac

Step 1 First of all, find the kind of file you want VLC to be the default player for and right click on it. Select the option Get Info. In the section Open With, find and select VLC from the menu / drop down list. To ensure that this change gets applied to all similar files, hit the button Change All.

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Step 2 For associating files on optical drives /media with VLC, for example CDs and DVDs, follow Apple > System Preferences.

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Step 3 Select the option of CDs & DVDs from the section Hardware. Select Other Application from the popup menu option at the bottom that says "Open DVD Player".

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Step 4 Choose VLC from the list and make it the default player for your optical media files.

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