How to assign a file type to a program?

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Folks, today I’m going to talk about assigning files types to programs. What does that mean? Well, you may have already clicked twice on some .jpg file and it opened the file with Windows Picture Viewer or your Program Editor. Well, it is called program assignment. Sometimes files with any extension can lose their assignment with the default program installed, I mean, when you double-click on the file, it doesn’t open any longer the program it was was assigned with. Normally a file loses its assignment with the default software when a different new software is installed and this software also uses the same type of file/extension or when we change it manually. Many times we also may want to change the assignment from a file type/extension to open with another program when we double-click on it. It’s possible to change the assignment file type to another program once this program supports the file type/extension, of course. Let me give a fictitious example. Let’s suppose when you double-click on your .jpg files, they just open the it with your Graphic Editor that you’ve installed, but you don’t want that this file opens with this editor any longer, and you want open it with your ‘Windows Picture and Fax Viewer’ instead. So, how to do to change the .jpg assignment from your ‘Graphic Editor’ to your ‘Windows Picture and Fax Viewer’? That’s simple, just follow the steps below:

Windows XP
– Select a .jpg file;
– Click with the right mouse button on ‘Open with’/’Choose Program…’ and it will open the window below. If the menu item ‘Open with’ doesn’t show up, hold SHIFT when clicking with the right mouse button on your .jpg file:

– Into programs box select ‘Windows Picture and Fax Viewer’;
– Right below mark the check box ‘Always use the selected program to open this kind of file’;
– Click on OK.

There you go! Now, always you click twice on you .jpg file, it will open with ‘Windows Picture and Fax Viewer’ and no more with your ‘Graphic Editor’. If you want to use another program that isn’t listed in the ‘Programs’ box, just click on the ‘Browse…’ button and find the executable (.exe) file of your wished software.

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