While I was setting up Windows Terminal, I found that trying to modify settings would open a new instance of Visual Studio since that was my system’s default application for
.json files. That’s a pretty heavy choice for what amounts to a text editor, so I thought I’d change my default app to Visual Studio Code. Should be easy, right?
The usual way to do this is through Windows Settings:
Settings > Default Apps > Choose default apps by file type
The problem is, when I did that, Visual Studio Code wasn’t an option!
That’s okay, though. We can change the default app through the command prompt. Open a command prompt in Windows Terminal (note: Command Prompt, not PowerShell) and run the following:
assoc .json=jsonfile ftype jsonfile="%AppData%\Local\Programs\Microsoft VS Code\Code.exe" "%1" %*
Solution credit, here.