When I open a TeX document by double-clicking on it, the LaTeX editor TeXstudio usually opens the document. I prefer using TeXworks, and I can open TeX documents using TeXworks by right-clicking and selecting "Open with". But I would prefer it if TeXworks were the "default" option for opening LaTeX documents.

Is there any way to make TeXworks the "default" program for opening TeX documents, so that TeX documents will open by default with TeXworks instead of TeXstudio?

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    Welcome to TeX - LaTeX! I presume you are on a mac. If so go, when choosing the Open with option press the alt/option key and the prompt will change to Always open with. Jun 29 '16 at 14:21
  • @AndrewSwann Thank you for your comment. I am using a Windows HP laptop, and the technique you outlined using the "alt/option key" does not seem to work. Jun 29 '16 at 14:29

How to set default program in Windows to open a .tex-file:

  1. Goto project folder and right click on a .tex-file
  2. Goto "Properties"
  3. Under "Open With" click on Change (or similar)
  4. Click on "Other programs"
  5. Select "TeXworks" and click on OK


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    On Windows 7: (1) Right-click any .tex file; (2) Open with; (3) Choose another app; (4) TeXworks; (5) Check "Always use this app to open .tex files; (6) OK.
    – Werner
    Jun 29 '16 at 16:53

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