Associate File Types to Specific Programs in Windows 7
Lukward Thomason, Robert, Eng
Hi, welcome to VisiHow. This is a tutorial on how to associate file types to specific programs on Windows 7 computers.
To start, we will click on the Start menu button on the lower-left corner of the screen
Click on the 'Default Programs' button
Once you click it, a window will open.
Click on 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program'
This will open a new section and take a moment to load.
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.
Click on the 'Change program' button
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.
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.
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'.
Double click on 'Local Disk (C:)'
Double click on 'Program Files (X86)'
Scroll down to the WinRAR folder and double click it
Here we can find the executable (.EXE) file titled WinRAR.exe
Select it and click 'Open'.
Now the new program will be added to our list
To highlight the program, click it once, and click on 'OK'.
Now, all of the '.ZIP' files will be opened in 'WinRAR'
We can now close this window.
That concludes our tutorial on how to associate file types to specific programs on Windows 7 computers
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Recent edits by: Robert, Lukward Thomason