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Change File Association Windows 7

IT Problem

In windows 7 or vista, you want to change what program opens a particular type ofย  file, this is changing the file association. For instance you may want word to open txt files instead of notepad.etc.

IT Solution

This is a nice quick solution.

1) Go to control panel and select “Programs”

windows 7 programs

windows 7 programs

2) Once your in the programs section, under default programs you need to select ” Make a file type always open in a specific program “.

Windows 7 open a file with a specific program

Windows 7 open a file with a specific program


3) You will then see the associate a file application. Scroll down to the file type you want to change, in my case it is “TXT, then select “Change Program in the top left corner.

 

change windows 7 file assocation

change windows 7 file assocation

4) You will then see the open with application, simply locate the application you would like to use and click ok. This file type will then open with that application.

open with windows 7

open with windows 7

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Allen White

Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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    Graham Hudson

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    In my Windows 7 their is no ‘Solutions’ option listed in Control Panel. There is ‘Programs and Features’ however, but when I click on this I can see no ‘Default Programs’ options. Your further help would be much appreciated.

    G. Hudson

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      admin

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      Hi Graham, when you go to control panel you must be in “large Icons” view.Change that to Category View then you will see “programs”, click on that then it will gove you an option to choose “default programs”…then follow the article. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks

      Allen

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    Graham Hudson

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    Thanks Allen,

    It took me some time to get round to it as I have been away from the computer. I got down to the job this afternoon though and have now successfully changed the file association from Photo Viewer to Adobe following your instructions.

    All best wishes,
    Graham

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      admin

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      No problems ๐Ÿ™‚

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