Associate File Types to Specific Programs in Windows 7

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    To start, we will click on the Start menu button on the lower-left corner of the screen.
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    Click on the 'Default Programs' button.
    Once you click it, a window will open.
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    Click on 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program'.
    This will open a new section and take a moment to load.
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    We will now have a list of file types that are known to Windows or that your computer has encountered.
    As we can see, the list is very long. In this example, we are going to click on the '.ZIP' file extension.
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    Click on the 'Change program' button.
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    In this example, we have selected WinRAR archiver and it is in the list of recommended programs.
    If we want to use another program, we can click on the small arrow button by the line that says 'Other programs'. This will make a new list of programs available to you, but not all the programs can open the file.
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    If the program that you need to open the files with is not in this list, you can add them manually.
    To do this, we will click on the 'Browse' button.
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    Now, go to the program executable file location.
    In this example, we are going to use WinRAR again. Our WinRAR program is on disk C. Click on 'Computer'.
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    Double click on 'Local Disk (C:)'.
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    Double click on 'Program Files (X86)'.
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    Scroll down to the WinRAR folder and double click it.
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    Here we can find the executable (.EXE) file titled WinRAR.exe.
    Select it and click 'Open'.
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    Now the new program will be added to our list.
    To highlight the program, click it once, and click on 'OK'.
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    Now, all of the '.ZIP' files will be opened in 'WinRAR'.
    We can now close this window.
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    That concludes our tutorial on how to associate file types to specific programs on Windows 7 computers.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Robert, Lukward Thomason

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