Apps Add or Remove Open with "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Look for an app in the Microsoft Store (old) or Browse apps in the Microsoft Store (new) in the Open with dialog for all users in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

The Open with context menu allows you to choose an app to open a file with by default.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22567, Microsoft has updated the “Open with” dialog box to align with Windows 11 design principles. The updated dialog box honors light/dark theme. We have also simplified the experience by making it possible to update your default app with just one click.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22579, is reverting the Open With dialog box redesign. Microsoft plans to bring this back in the future after addressing some performance issues identified by Windows Insiders.

Starting with Windows 11 build 25206, the updated “Open with” dialog box is now available to all.

When you open the Open with context menu and click/tap on Choose another app, you can select Look for an app in the Microsoft Store (old) or Browse apps in the Microsoft Store (new) in the Open with dialog to have the Microsoft Store app open to select and install an app you want to open the file type with.

If you prefer to not have Look for an app in the Microsoft Store (old) or Browse apps in the Microsoft Store (new) in the Open with dialog, you can remove it.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove Look for an app in the Microsoft Store in the Open with dialog.

This policy will not affect Search the Microsoft Store in the Open with context menu.

Open_with_Search_the_Mirosoft_Store.png



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" using REG file


EXAMPLE: (OLD) Add or remove "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" in "Open with" dialog

Open_with_Add_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store.png
Open_with_Remove_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store.png


EXAMPLE: (NEW) Add or remove "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" in "Open with" dialog

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New_open_with-2.jpg





Option One

Add or Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Internet Communication Management>Internet Communication settings

Open_with_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Internet Communication settings in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off access to the Store policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

5 Add Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store"

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Open_with_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store_gpedit-2.png

6 Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store"

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Open_with_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add or Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store" in Local Group Policy Editor

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Open_with_Add_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoUseStoreOpenWith"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoUseStoreOpenWith"=-

3 Remove Open with "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" or "Browse apps in the Microsoft Store"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Open_with_Remove_Look_for_an_app_in_the_Microsoft_Store.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoUseStoreOpenWith"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"NoUseStoreOpenWith"=dword:00000001

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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This didn't work for me neither using the reg tweak nor the Group Policy Editor both on Windows 10 and 11. When I right click on a file then choose Open With, I still see the Look for an app for a store option.

Did someone actually test this tweak?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware m16 R1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
    Motherboard
    Alienware
    Memory
    SK Hynix 64 GB 5200 MHz DDR5 RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4090 16 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 240Hz, 3ms 300-nits Screen + 34" Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 2K WQHD (3440 x 1440) Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    QHD (2560x 1440)
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 990 PRO 4TB SSDs + WD_BLACK SN770M 2TB SSD
    PSU
    330W AC Power Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 + Fujipoly Extreme Thermal Pads
    Keyboard
    Alienware CherryMX mechanical keyboard (Laptop) + AW510K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (external)
    Mouse
    Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse AW720M
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Antivirus
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9500
    CPU
    Intel i7-10875H
    Memory
    Kingston FURY Impact 64 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q w/ 4 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6 UHD+ Touch, InfinityEdge, 500-nits, Anti-Reflecitve
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2400
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB + 4TB SSDs
    PSU
    Dell 130W Laptop Charger USB C Type C AC Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste on CPU + GPU
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 3
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Free Antivirus
This didn't work for me neither using the reg tweak nor the Group Policy Editor both on Windows 10 and 11. When I right click on a file then choose Open With, I still see the Look for an app for a store option.

Did someone actually test this tweak?

Hello, :)

Yes, it was tested on my system on Dev build 22579 and public build 22000.556 to verify. Otherwise I wouldn't post it as a tutorial. :wink:

What Windows 11 build are you running? I'll check to see if there may be a difference.

Just to note:


This policy will not affect Search the Microsoft Store in the Open with context menu.

Open_with_Search_the_Mirosoft_Store.png

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Hello, :)

Yes, it was tested on my system on Dev build 22579 and public build 22000.556 to verify. Otherwise I wouldn't post it as a tutorial. :wink:

What Windows 11 build are you running? I'll check to see if there may be a difference.

Just to note:


This policy will not affect Search the Microsoft Store in the Open with context menu.

Open_with_Search_the_Mirosoft_Store.png

Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.556

I also asked my buddy the owner of MajorGeeks.com about this as he just posted the same tweak and he confirmed it works for him. Seems like it is some tweak that I am doing that is interfering with this. I do use Winaero Tweaker for most of the tweaks except the ones I know he messed up and doesn't work (ie. his hide windows media player context menu doesn't work nor his show battery time remaining tweak doesn't work. Next time I format I won't touch Winaero Tweaker and do all the tweaks manually.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware m16 R1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
    Motherboard
    Alienware
    Memory
    SK Hynix 64 GB 5200 MHz DDR5 RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4090 16 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 240Hz, 3ms 300-nits Screen + 34" Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 2K WQHD (3440 x 1440) Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    QHD (2560x 1440)
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 990 PRO 4TB SSDs + WD_BLACK SN770M 2TB SSD
    PSU
    330W AC Power Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 + Fujipoly Extreme Thermal Pads
    Keyboard
    Alienware CherryMX mechanical keyboard (Laptop) + AW510K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (external)
    Mouse
    Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse AW720M
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Antivirus
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9500
    CPU
    Intel i7-10875H
    Memory
    Kingston FURY Impact 64 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q w/ 4 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6 UHD+ Touch, InfinityEdge, 500-nits, Anti-Reflecitve
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2400
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB + 4TB SSDs
    PSU
    Dell 130W Laptop Charger USB C Type C AC Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste on CPU + GPU
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 3
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Free Antivirus
Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.556

I also asked my buddy the owner of MajorGeeks.com about this as he just posted the same tweak and he confirmed it works for him. Seems like it is some tweak that I am doing that is interfering with this. I do use Winaero Tweaker for most of the tweaks except the ones I know he messed up and doesn't work (ie. his hide windows media player context menu doesn't work nor his show battery time remaining tweak doesn't work. Next time I format I won't touch Winaero Tweaker and do all the tweaks manually.

Please let us know how it went when you do.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Please let us know how it went when you do.
hmm, I just noticed something, if I remove the extension of a file to make it unknown then right click on it and choose open with, now I don't see the Windows store option but it does show me the windows store option for known file types. Is that how it should be or do you see no look for an app with the Windows store even for known file types such as videos, pics, etc?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware m16 R1
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
    Motherboard
    Alienware
    Memory
    SK Hynix 64 GB 5200 MHz DDR5 RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4090 16 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 240Hz, 3ms 300-nits Screen + 34" Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 2K WQHD (3440 x 1440) Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    QHD (2560x 1440)
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 990 PRO 4TB SSDs + WD_BLACK SN770M 2TB SSD
    PSU
    330W AC Power Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 + Fujipoly Extreme Thermal Pads
    Keyboard
    Alienware CherryMX mechanical keyboard (Laptop) + AW510K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (external)
    Mouse
    Alienware Tri-Mode Wireless Gaming Mouse AW720M
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Antivirus
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9500
    CPU
    Intel i7-10875H
    Memory
    Kingston FURY Impact 64 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q w/ 4 GB GDDR6
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6 UHD+ Touch, InfinityEdge, 500-nits, Anti-Reflecitve
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2400
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB + 4TB SSDs
    PSU
    Dell 130W Laptop Charger USB C Type C AC Adapter
    Cooling
    Noctua NT-H2 Thermal Paste on CPU + GPU
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 3
    Internet Speed
    1 GBPS Down / 350 MBPS Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Avast Free Antivirus
hmm, I just noticed something, if I remove the extension of a file to make it unknown then right click on it and choose open with, now I don't see the Windows store option but it does show me the windows store option for known file types. Is that how it should be or do you see no look for an app with the Windows store even for known file types such as videos, pics, etc?

This is normal for unassociated file types to not have anything but "Open with".
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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