In an operating system, the means of assigning a file extension or mime type to a particular application, as a default means of opening this type of file.

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File Associations Broken

Back Story: I downloaded OuterWilds and the download failed to complete, being incompetent but also tech savvy, i got the "OuterWilds_Alpha_1_2_PC.zip.part" file, renamed it to ...
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Windows 7 treats executables as Internet explorer files [duplicate]

I recently updated Java, which broke a symbolic, which I modified to use the new java executable path (incorrectly it now seems). When I double-clicked the shortcut, I was prompted "What program ...
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Guide me how to change file association with single click in Windows 8.1

I have used this site for years for finding answers. This is my first question today..lol I have a Dell 2-in-1 laptop with touchscreen with windows 8.1 (64 bit) installed. So i use it in two ways. ...
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Multiple color schemes in a notepad++ text document containing multiple languages

I understand how to associate a color scheme to a certain file type, but i often run into the case where I have a shell script that is a wrapper for an SQL script. My question is can you select ...
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Multiple entries for Google Chrome in Open With

On my computer (Windows 8.1), both the Desktop "Open with" submenu and the corresponding WinRT dialog contain multiple entries for Google Chrome, when invoked for an HTML file. So far as I'm aware, ...
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Windows: Cannot associate executable with file extension

I know this is a very basic question, but I couldn't find the answer. When I right click on a file with extension .abc and click on Properties and then Change..., then even when I click on Browse... ...
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Change exe file association for single user

it is relatively easy to set the file association for exe files in windows (a nice way to lock yourself out, btw). This is typically done in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, which is valid for all users. But is ...
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Windows 8.1: Restore .bat file association to default

A few weeks ago I accidentally changed .bat files to open with Notepad++ (a fairly common issue I believe). On Win XP and Win 7 I had a .reg file that updated the relevant registry keys and sorted out ...
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Double-clicking a universal data link (.udl) file doesn’t open Data Link Properties dialog box

Ok folks, I'm pulling my hairs out on this one so hoped the wisdom of the crowd can help me out here and keep me sane... I have a new workstation with 64-bit Windows 7 on it and I can't use ...
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Windows won't accept new default program

I am trying to set MarkdownPad2 as my default program for opening .md files on my Windows 7 PC. I installed MarkdownPad2 via Chocolatey. If I open MarkdownPad2 and then use the File -> Open menu I can ...
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Associating Windows file extension with specific bat file and support argument passing

On my Windows 7 system, I have associated the .blend extension with a specific bat file I wrote, which is shown below: blender.bat: set PYTHONPATH="" "C:\Program Files\Blender ...
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How do I add file types to Windows 8 “File Associations” for Metro apps

I needed to create a new file type ".pd". I want to have the Microsoft Reader Metro app open this file type. Using How do I add file types to Windows 8 "File Associations"? does not allow ...
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Smartgit and Windows 8.1 - Context menu integration not working

The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. ... The usual error message. I have installed shmnview (by Nirsoft), and checked the context menu entry. "C:\Program ...
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System wide file associations in Windows 7? [duplicate]

I'm having trying to get a system wide file association set on Windows 7 (more specifically trying to get .jnlp associated properly with javaws.exe). It's associated properly under the admin ...
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What do these cryptic strings really mean in registry associations?

Looking at my HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.12\shell\Open\command\command value (Word 2010 'Open' shell association) I see this sort of nonsense: ...
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Delete file association in Windows 8.1

How do you delete a file association in Windows 8.1? All the guides I've found seem to only work in Windows 7 or below, and Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Associations doesn't have ...
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file type association error

i keep my doskey macros in a separate file with .macro file extension, and can load them using doskey /macrofile=macros.macro for the specific console session i want to use windows os feature of file ...
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LibreOffice: How to open embedded document

I'm using both LibreOffice and MS Office 2010 on Windows 7 with .pptx extension associated with LibreOffice and .xlsx extension associated with MS Excel(I installed MS Office first, and then installed ...
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Force a file to be opened using an application in the same drive (USB)

I've been searching for how to make some files on my USB drive open in an application in the same drive, but to no avail. Is there any way to do this with or without adding some external files? The ...
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Hosts file “type”

I am using Windows Vista. The "type" column next to my hosts file in windows explorer says "sAveRabox." This appears to be the name of adware that I recently removed. How can I restore the "type" ...
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Show cursor previews in Windows Explorer after associating with a program

When I associate cursor files with an editor Windows 7 shows the program's icon instead of the preview of the cursor itself so how do I associate the cursor with the editor without losing the Windows ...
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Documents are marked as Executable

I decided to add a GUI to my Debian installation, and was kinda impressed. One issue I'm having though after adding KDE and XFCE is that double-clicking on .RTF files brings up the dialog, asking if I ...
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How to get rid of Opera association with torrent files?

When I click torrent file in Google Chrome browser, I am forced to make two confirmations not to use Opera to open this file. Firs one: Second one: I select it all the time, but it asks again ...
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How do I specify that a file extension needs to be run with a switch?

I would like to make certain open with a specific program, but that program requires a specific switch to be provided for it to actually open it. How would I go about setting this up? The specific ...
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Associate extension to a Modern Windows 8 app

I'm trying to associate some file types (like flv) to new VLC for modern Windows app. They registered their app just for mkv,mp3 and mp4 extensions, while their app really can read flv files (It's ...
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All .lnk associated with an explorer - mistake

I wanted to associate folder shortcuts to my new File Explorer Total Commander (or TCM). So I changed them in Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations But what I did change was ...
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How to add programs to the Open With dialog on Windows7

I'm trying to associate files with specific programs and Sublime Text 3 is not in the dialog as an option nor can I select it after browsing for the C:\Program Files\Sublime Text 3\sublime_text.exe. ...
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Unable to set default program for 1 file type

I've exhausted everything I can think of to fix this. Basically my indesign documents lost their file extension association. No other file extensions seem to be affected. Interestingly they do still ...
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Shortcut to open a file with a different program

Is it possible to open a file in Windows 7 or later with a combination of a keyboard key and double click (say control+double click) with a diffferent program than the assosiated one? I wish to open ...
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Change default app launched when editing vector smart objects in Photoshop

I installed the CC suite trial apps, however I haven't yet started the trials and prefer to continue with CS6 for the time being. However the installation changed the default editor for all my files ...
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Set File Association

There's a certain file type that I have that I can't open. I'm not sure why, but this file type lost its association with Winrar, which used to be the default program for opening it. I tried looking ...
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How to remove accidentally set file association

I downloaded a zip file and accidentally made it open with Wordpad. How do I change the file association back to the default, with no association at all?
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“Always use this program” is greyed out for certain files [duplicate]

Here is the context : The problem started when some file icons didn't diplayed. So I search the web and most answers, if not all, were related to the icon cache database. I tried most solutions and ...
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Fix .lnk file association WITHOUT admin/registry access

I managed to recreate the problems detailed here and here. I tried to use Notepad to open a .lnk file. Now all shorcuts appear as .lnk files, and open in Notepad. This isn't an uncommon problem and ...
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How to restore the ability to modify the association for the .txt file extension in Windows 7 Pro?

The Problem: The Properties dialogue box for text files has lost its accustomed Change button From the list of extensions in Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations, the .txt file ...
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Associate and view XML files - Visual Studio

Visual Studio can be used as an XML editor. For example, I can go to File>New>XML File. I can also create an XML file as part of a project and view it via the project manager. Proof you can use it ...
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“Windows can't open this file” when downloading torrent with Chrome

Previously when I was clicking on a "get this torrent" button in Chrome, it would just download the .torrent file. That is the expected behaviour. Someday, probably surfing too late and too tired, I ...
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establish email association for email

in win8 what do I need to do to "establish an association" with an email account? For example, I'm using a print artist program and I want to send a copy to a friend from within that program via the ...
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Make a custom picture extension behave like an existing one on Windows 7 x64

OK, so I understand that this may be achievable by combining a number of answers from other questions, but the exact recipe has been eluding me and I wonder if there isn't an actual 'correct' way of ...
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Change description of file types associated with Notepad++

I recently installed Notepad++ v6.6.6 (On Windows 8 x64) and associated file types. The installer changed file type description of every associated extension to Notepad++ Document. For example, I ...
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How to make Firefox open JAR files with the registered default program

When downloading a *.jar file, Firefox doesn't ask me if I want to open or download the file. It only offers the option to download it. Is there any way to configure Firefox to ask, like for most ...
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How do you make a file not have a default program that opens it? [duplicate]

I have .java files that right now open with a default program that is notepad++, but I don't want a default program to open all my Java files, I want to choose every time. How would I go about making ...
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.exe files being opened in Microsoft Word instead of launched [duplicate]

All .exe files on my computer are suddenly linked with Microsoft Word. When I open an .exe file, Word launches and opens it instead of it being launched. How do I restore the proper association for ...
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What broke .xml file association?

I did a clean install of Win 8.1 Pro along with several other development tools. I could get a list if needed, but somewhere early on, I installed Office 2013 Home and Student...and I installed VS ...
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How to remove extension association using regedit.exe?

Following my post here - Can't un-associate .css extension from Visual Stdio 2013 and the suggested solution - Why are certain default application associations "locked"? What do I ...
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Can't un-associate .css extension from Visual Stdio 2013

In - Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations under .css file , it has Microsoft Visual Stdio 2013 as Currect Defualt - I try to change its current default under the Change ...
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Associate .less files with notepad ++

I just love notepad++ however I'm working with .less files and when I open a .less file it's just a normal text not a language (css) no code highlighting is there a plugin or something to make ...
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Chrome: how to open with system viewer by default?

Google Chrome used to open PDFs downloaded to the hard drive using the system's default PDF viewer by default. Recent versions of Chrome use Chrome's (inferior) built-in PDF viewer by default even ...
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How to reset the look of .htm file icon?

My htm/html files saved on the desktop in Windows 8 looked like this: Now when I upgraded to Windows 8.1 they look like this: How can I return their previous look? PS. I went as far as tried to ...
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How to force Firefox to download mp3 file?

Somehow my Firefox reverted to old behaviour, and now it plays all mp3 files from URL in my browser. I want it to ask for download location. I have tried several things such as: Firefox settings -> ...