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Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Change the Default Program a File Type Opens With in Windows 7





Information
A default program is the program that Windows 7 uses when you open a particular type of file extension. This will show you how to change a file type to open with a different default program for just this one time or always using the context menu in Windows 7.

This process may or may not work on Windows Xp or Vista.



Here's How:
1. Right click on the file type (ex: .txt file) that you want to change the default program for, then click on Open with. (see screenshot below)



Note
If you do not have Open with in the context menu, then this means this file does not have a program associated to open it with.

·         Instead, click on Open, select (dot) Select a program from a list of installed programs, and click on OK.

·         Go to step 3.








2. To Select a Program that is Already Listed in Context Menu

A) After you have expanded Open with, select a listed program (ex: Notepad or Outlook) that you want to open the file with for just this one time. (see screenshot below)



B) Go to step 4.

3. To Select a Program that is Not Listed in Context Menu

NOTE:
This option will allow you to select to have the file type to always open with the selected program by default if you like.

A) After you have expanded Open with, select Choose default program. (see screenshot below step 1)

B) Under Other Programs, click on the drop down arrow to the far right to see more programs to select from. (See screenshot below)



C) Select the program that you want to open the file with. (See screenshot above)

NOTE:
If the program is not listed, then click on the Browse button and navigate to the program's exe file. Select it, and click on the Open button to add it for now only.


D) To Always Open this File Type with the Selected Program

·         Check the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box. (See screenshot below step 3B)

·         Go to step 3F.

E) To Open this File Type with the Selected Program for Just this One Time
un check the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box. (See screenshot below step 3B)

F) Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 3B)

4. The file will now be opened by the selected program.

This process may or may not work on Windows Xp or Vista. 

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