If you frequently work with STL files, then you know that Cura is one of the most simple and user-friendly programs to handle them. So, how do you open your STL files in Cura by default and not in other programs such as Meshmixer or ChiTuBox? I wrote this article to walk you through the process.
To open your STL files in Cura by default, just right-click on it, select “Open with”, then “Choose another app”. After that, select Cura and click the checkbox labeled “Always use this app to open .stl files”. Lastly, click “OK”, and all your STL files will open in Cura in the future.
You can use this simple procedure to open STL files in Cura. I will provide more details and illustrations, so continue reading to learn more. You can also open STL files by default through your settings if you’re on Windows 10 for example.
How to Open STL Files in Cura – Default
Below is the step-by-step procedure you can follow to open STL files in Cura:
- Right-click on the STL file
- Select “Open with” and then “Choose another app”
- Select “Ultimaker Cura” and check the “Always use this app to open .stl files” box
Step 1: Right-Click on the STL File
If the STL file you downloaded from Thingiverse or may be created using modeling software like TinkerCAD keeps opening in another program such as ChiTuBox (for this example), go to where you saved it and right-click.
Step 2: Select “Open With” and Then “Choose Another App”
Select “Open with” from the drop-down list to choose a program. If you can’t already see Cura among the list of options, select “Choose another app”.
Step 3: Select “Ultimaker Cura” and Check the “Always Use This APP to Open STL Files” Box
First, select “Ultimaker Cura” as the app you would like to open with.
Next, to ensure that all the STL files open in Cura by default in the future, check the “Always use this app to open .stl file” box at the bottom and then click “OK”.
All your STL files will now be displayed with the Cura icon, meaning they will open in Cura by default.
How to Open STL Files in Cura From Settings
Another simple way to open STL files in Cura is by going into your settings and changing the default app for opening STL files. Here is how to do it:
- Type “Default apps” in your Windows search bar and select it
- Click “Choose default apps by file type”
- Scroll down under “Name” to locate the “.stl” file type
- Click on the Default app and change it to Ultimaker Cura
Step 1: Type “Default apps” in Your Windows Search Bar and Select It
The simplest way to access the “Default apps” settings is to type “Default app” in your Windows search bar. After that, click “Open”. This will take you to the Settings.
Step 2: Click “Choose Default Apps by File Type”
Scroll down the “Choose default apps” section and select “Choose default apps by file type”.
Step 3: Scroll Down Under “Name” to locate The “.stl” File Type
Scroll down the “Name” section to find “.stl”. In this example, “ChiTuBox” is the default app for opening STL files.
Step 4: Click on the Default App and Change it to Ultimaker Cura
Now, left-click the “ChiTuBox” icon, and a “Choose an app” panel will appear. Select “Ultimaker Cura”, and you’re good to go.
The default app for opening STL files will be changed to Cura.