Associate File Types to Specific Programs in Windows 7

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Steps

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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
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    Once you click it, a window will open.
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    Click on 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program'
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    To do this, we will click on the 'Browse' button.
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    Now, go to the program executable file location
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    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
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    Select it and click 'Open'.
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    Now the new program will be added to our list
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    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'
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    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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Categories : Windows

Recent edits by: Robert, Lukward Thomason

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