Have you ever tried to double-click on a file only to find it always opens in the wrong application? Sometimes when you install an application, it will covertly change the file association of one or more file types to use the new application. Or maybe you just prefer to use on program over another.
Here's how to change file associations in Windows 7 so that the program you want to use will open your files by default.
- Browse to the folder location of the file that you'd like to change.
- Right-click on the file, scroll down hover your cursor over "Open with." On the fly-out window to the left, click "Choose default program".
- In the "Open with" window, check Recommended Programs section for your desired program. If you don't see the program you're looking for, click on the downward caret symbol to the right to reveal "Other Programs."
- If the desired program still does not appear, click the Browse button and browse for the desired program. It will likely be found in the Program files directory.
- Once you've selected the desired program, be sure to click the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" box, then click "Ok."
All files with the same file extension will open with your desired program now that you have changed the file association in Windows 7.