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microsoftAll Microsoft’s Operating Systems have special built-in tools which, by default, associate files to certain program extensions so that when you double-click on an icon representing a file, the proper program will open it correctly. So, for example, when you click on a file having .jpg extension, Windows Photo Gallery will let you see a pictures, if you click on a file having .txt extension, Notepad will let you read a document and so on. If you want to change this extension association in Windows Vista, so that a particular file will be opened by a specific program you wish to use, here is the trick   to apply.

Method 1

  1. Right click on a file you want to use a specific program for.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Under General tab, click Change.
  4. A new window will appear containing a list of Recommended Programs to use, and another list for Other Programs. Sometimes, for this second list you will have to find, by clicking on the Browse button, the exact folder on your computer where the executable file .exe is located. (such a file represents the program you want to use).

Method 2

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Programs.
  4. Under default Programs, click make a file type always open in a specific program. (in the Classic View, open Default Programs and then click Associate a file type or protocol with a program).
  5. A new window named Set Association will appear.
  6. Choose and highlight the program you want to use with a specific file.
  7. Click Change Program.
  8. A new window will appear containing a list of Recommended Programs to use, and another list for Other Programs. Sometimes, for this second list you will have to find, by clicking on the Browse exe button, the exact folder on your computer where the executable file . is located. (such a file represents the program you want to use).

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3 Comments to “How to change the program used to open a file (Extension Association)”

  1. Keith Dsouza Says:

    I usually go to the software that I want to associate files with it and make them the default option, but this can be used for files that may not have default editors.

  2. Web Talk Says:

    You are right Keith. This trick of yours works when there is no program or application associated to the file. Anyway thanks for the input! I also hope you found my two methods helpfull!

  3. Al Schrem Says:

    Both Methods – After I use browse to select the .exe file I want to use it is not available to select in the recommended or other programs list. If I run the .exe file then from within it I can open the files.

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