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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Associate a File Type with a Specific Program

How do you associate a specific file type to an application on a Windows (Vista) PC?
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How do you associate the .exe file extension with a program in Windows?

A few years ago I saw somebody play a prank on somebody by associating the .exe file extension with Internet Explorer. This made Internet Explorer open up every time the person wanted to start a ...
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How to repair a broken .EXE file association

After (hopefully) scrubbing viruses out of a Windows 7 installation (after deciding not to simply run over the laptop repeatedly with my car), I've got everything almost back to normal. The only ...
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How do I set advanced file associations in Windows 7?

It used to be in Windows XP that I could make Warcraft III files load automatically into the game by double clicking on them. This association was made by going to file associations ADVANCED area and ...
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How to restore Windows default Zip file functionality?

I recently lost the default file association for Zip files in Windows Vista (I think it happened when I uninstalled WinAce, but I can't be completely sure). How can I restore this association back to ...
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What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7?

We all know that Vista and Windows 7 doesn't let you specify custom extensions or customize them to your liking. What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7? EDIT: ...
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How do I add new applications to the “Set Default Programs” list in Windows Vista/7?

In the Set your default programs window, you have the ability to allow an application to open all the file types it knows how to handle by default. I have installed several programs, but almost none ...
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How do I fix broken .exe file association in Windows Vista?

Somehow the file association for all .exe files has been deleted on my windows vista machine. For some reason the only thing I can open is Firefox. I think it was the result of a virus. So I have ...
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Programatically associate file extensions with application on Windows

I've just recently reinstalled Windows and in setting up my environment I've noticed that all my associations for the various programming languages I edit in Notepad++ have gone (naturally). I am ...
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How to change default app for all files of particular file type through terminal in OS X?

How can I change the default app for all files of a particular file type through the Terminal in OS X?
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Why are certain default application associations “locked”?

After associating my MP3 files with MPlayer using the Open with/Choose default program... dialogue I can no longer change that association using said dialogue, the Always use this [...] Checkbox is ...
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How to create a default association for files with no extension [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to set the default program for opening files without an extension in Windows? I am using http://www.pnotepad.org/ (i wouldnt mind switching to something else if it ...
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Portable file association for USB sticks?

I have a usb stick with PortableApps that I carry around between different places. But one thing that annoys me, is when I open a file (such as *.flv or *.html), either Windows says it is unsupported ...
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How to set the default program or application for handling a given file type or url protocol?

How can I change or set the default application for handling a given file type? What about for some specified actions, like "open web browser" and "preview image"?
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How do I make a batch file the default application for a file type

I am trying to associate .svg files with a batch file that runs squiggle from batik. When I right click on an svg and select Open With and Choose Default Program, I get the usual window, which lists ...
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Change all file type associations from one program to another

Is it possible to easily change all file type associations that are currently associated with one program to another program in one batch? In my case, I am trying to change all files types currently ...
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Adding Eudora to Windows 7 “Default Application” list

I'm trying to get Eudora to work smoothly under Windows 7. I know it is obsolete, but I have specialized filters and Perl scripts that are not portable to other email clients. When Eudora starts in ...
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How do I restore .bat files as executables?

Somehow my boss convinced his workstation that the handler for .bat files was supposed to be Word. Now, when double-clicking .bat files, they're opened up in Word. What do I set the 'Opens with...' ...
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Change Windows 7 explorer “Edit” context menu action for jpg and other image file types

When I right click on a jpg file in Windows Explorer (Windows 7), I see that there is an "Edit" menu item. If I click this item, it opens the image in MSPaint. Blah. I have Paint.NET installed, and ...
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Why can't change the default program to open an extension in Windows 7?

I mistakenly assign Office Outlook to open my .eml files in Windows 7. But, as Outlook do not open such files, I downloaded Live Mail, but now I can not assign it to open this kind of file by default. ...
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Delete Windows file association using .reg file

Question: Using a .reg file, how do I completely remove a file type association? I tried e.g. deleting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\myextension_auto_file but that's apparently not enough. Background: On Windows ...
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OSX: assign extension to content kind

Here I have a folder containing a bunch of *.mkv files (video, obviously) and *.srt files (subtitles, obviously). I want to keep them within one folder but I don’t want them to be mixed together. It ...
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Associate icon with file of specific type

This Super User Question described several methods how associate some specific program with file type. Now I want to know if there is a method to set a specific icon to files with a specific ...
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Where is the Default Program associations stored in the registry? [duplicate]

If I run the assoc command-line utility for an extension, it shows the file type/description for the extension I set in the registry. But if I go to Control Panel -> Default Programs - Set ...
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How to change file associations on Mac OS X?

By default PNG images open in Preview. At some point, this has changed on my system so that clicking on a PNG file launches Paintbrush. While that's a really nice app, I'd still like the default to be ...
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How to delete a file association? [duplicate]

I'm having problem with Team Foundation Server (TFS) when viewing .cs files and need to delete the file association with .cs in Windows 7. At the moment I go to Control Panel -> Default Programs ...
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“Send to: Mail recipient” context menu not working

I have set the Mail app from Microsoft (WinRT) as the default application for mail in Default Programs. However, when I right-click on a file, and select Send to > Mail recipient I get a message box ...
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Accidentally caused all .exe programs to open in Notepad [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you associate the .exe file extension with a program in Windows? I wanted to look at a shortcut or .exe file (not sure which, unfortunately) in Notepad, so I ...
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How to fix .exe file association in Windows? [duplicate]

I recently downloaded an ASP.NET project, which was a self-extracting zip file. I right-clicked the file and chose Open With → Microsoft Visual Studio. Now apparently it unzipped and set the default ...
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Set default browser to be Portable Chrome on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add new applications to the “Set Default Programs” list in Windows Vista/7? I've tried to use DefaultBrowser but it's XP only. How can this be done?
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How do I get Notepad++ to associate a file type with a language? [duplicate]

I have associated .wxs files with Notepad++. So far so good. However, it doesn't remember that it should use XML syntax highlighting. How do I associate a file-type with a Language?
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Where does Mac OS X store file association information?

I know there is a system preferences pane to manually modify the file associations in Mac OS X Leopard. However, I'm curious where does Leopard actually store these information? UPDATE: as I said, ...
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How do I get ftype & assoc to match Windows Explorer?

I changed the association to use upon launching a .py file, via Windows Explorer: Tools -> Folders -> File types. Then browse to .py. Change the association to Wordpad. Now when I type the name of ...
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Start firefox using Another Profile, for specific file type(s)?

I have two profiles. A and B I have made shortcuts to start each profile as follows: "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p A "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -p B Also, I ...
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How do I set Notepad++ as the default editor?

I want set Notepad++ as the default editor. I tried to set it by right-clicking on a file, then Open With. But I did not see Notepad++ in the resulting list (even after clicking on Choose Other ...
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How do I associate all unknown file types with notepad++?

I work alot with billing and files the bank etc. send me files that have date extensions or some counter as an extension: eg file1.20110315 or file2.123 So the extension changes every time I receive ...
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On OS X, how do you change a file's “Kind”?

On OS X I'd like to change the "Kind" label associated with files. Many of my files are showing up as "Plain Text File" when they are really javascript, php, css, and other file types. I don't have a ...
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How do I have no default web browser, so the system asks what browser to use when I click on a link?

I use Internet Explorer for some things and Chrome for others. I'd like to have a choice when I click on a link of which browser to open the link in. Is this possible in Windows? I am currently ...
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How to force a file association in Windows 7? (Regedit?)

I recently upgraded my Adobe CS4 Des. Standard to CS5. For some reason Adobe didn't overwrite CS4 but instead installed CS5 as a whole new series of programs. Seeing as I didn't want both CS4 & ...
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Why can't I associate files with Excel after upgrading to 2010?

With Excel 2007 I was able to use Open With to associate TSV files with Excel, so that I could double-click on them and they would automatically open with each value in a different cell. But since ...
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How change file association?

I need to change program that opens xml files on my Windows Vista. When I open "Open With" dialog and click "Browse" and locate my _.exe, nothing happens. The program is not added to the list. Vista ...
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Change default text editor to Sublime Text in Linux Mint

I've installed Sublime Text 3 from the .deb found here: http://www.sublimetext.com/3 Now, how to set it as the default text editor in place of gedit in Mint 16?
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Mac OSX change file association per file on the command line

I need to batch change the application associated with certain files via the command line. I'm not to change the file association for a certain file extension, I'm actually looking to target specific ...
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Create new extension association and icon in SnowLeopard

I was searching for the best way to add a new file extension type (.xyz) and associate an icon to all files of that kind in SnowLeopard.
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How do you associate an action with a file type in Firefox 3.0?

I'm trying to associate a specific action with a file type in Firefox 3.0. When I go to Edit > Preferences > Applications, there is no way to add a file type, such as MP3. I can edit existing file ...
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File association for editing on a mac

I'm quite experienced with how file association works for opening files on Mac OS X. I recall reading somewhere that OS X keeps not only the information about which apps can open a file, but also ...
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How can I make terminal VIM my default editor application in Mac OS X?

I am aware of MacVim, and while it's very nice I am constantly in the terminal. Why have two programs running when I could stay in one? So the question is, how can I make VIM (run in iTerm2) the ...
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Open With TextWrangler for all files

How do I configure TextWrangler and Mac OS X, so that TextWrangler appears in "Open With…" submenu for all files, not just the text files (and other file types explicitly supported by TextWrangler)? ...
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Default program for scanner in windows 7

I have a cannon canoscan scanner and windows 7 pro. When I press the scan button on the scanner I get a choose program dialog. My 2 choices are Photoshop and Picasa. I want to add other programs, ...
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Multiple versions of Excel

I'm running Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010 together. I would like to open all .xls files per default with Excel 2003 instead of Excel 2010. How do I do this on Windows 7?