How Do I Change the Default Action When a Device is Connected to Windows 10

When you connect a device to Windows 10, the default action is to have your computer go into standby mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.

When you connect a new device to your Windows 10 computer, you might notice that the default action is to open a folder. If you’d prefer to change the default action, here’s how:

1. Go to Start > Settings > Devices.

2. Select the device you want to change the default action for and click Change Default Actions.

3. Choose the new default action from the drop-down menu next to On Connect.

4. Click Save when you’re done.

Now, whenever you connect that particular device, Windows 10 will automatically perform the action you selected instead of opening a folder.

Change Default Action on Connecting a USB Device Windows 11

If you’re using a Windows 10 computer, you can change the default action that happens when you connect a USB device. This can be useful if you want to change what happens when you plug in a USB drive, for example. To change the default action for a USB device:

1. Open the Settings app. You can do this by pressing the Windows key + I on your keyboard.

2. Click Devices.

3. Click AutoPlay on the left side of the window.

4. On the right side of the window, select Ask me every time next to Removable drives in the list of options.

5. Close the Settings app and try connecting your USB device again to see if it works as expected now.

Raymond Williams is a technology writer that lived with computers all his life. He is an expert character that writes articles about Windows, Gaming, Android, and How To Fixes.