How to Enable the New App Picker in Windows 11

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Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system, Windows 11, offers many new features, visual improvements, and more. With the new Start menu, new icons, and rounded corners, visual changes are the first thing you will notice after installing the latest Windows 11.

Although Windows 11 is out now, it’s still being tested. If you are using the latest preview build of Windows 11, you can enable the hidden app picker. For those who don’t know, App Picker on Windows is a feature that lets you select an app to open any file.

Windows 10 introduced a new app picker, but since then, it hasn’t been updated. Since Microsoft is making many visual changes to the operating system, they have finally introduced a new App picker on Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22563.

To enable and use the new App picker on Windows 11, you need to join the Dev Channel and install the Windows Insider Preview build 22563. If you are already using this specific build, you need to use a third-party app to enable the new app picker.

Steps to Enable the New App Picker in Windows 11

Hence, in this article, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to enable the new app picker in Windows 11.

1. First of all, open your favorite web browser and visit the ViveTool Github page. Next, download the ViveTool zip file from the website.

ViveTool Github page

2. Once downloaded, right-click on the ZIP file and select the Extract all option.

Extract all

3. Next, copy the path displayed on the address bar as shown below. Alternatively, you can right-click on the extracted folder and select the Copy as Path option.

Copy as Path

3. Next, click on the Windows 11 search and type in Command Prompt. Right-click on the Command prompt and select the Run as Administrator option.

Run as Administrator

4. On the command prompt window, you need to type in cd and enter the path you have copied. The full command would look like this:

cd "C:\Users\Techviral\Downloads\ViVeTool-v0.2.1"

CD command

5. Now, on the same Command Prompt window, you need to execute another command:

vivetool.exe addconfig 36302090 2

execute another command

6. Now, you will see a success message like this. This will enable the new App picker in Windows 11. To view the new app picker, right-click on any file and select Open With > Choose the app.

success message

7. If you wish to disable the new app picker, you need to execute the command (Administrator):

vivetool delconfig 36302090 2

execute the command

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can enable and use the new app picker of Windows 11.

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