I use Audacity as my audio file Open default, but I'd like to be able to preview MP3s in the Preview pane of the File Explorer. If I set my file open default to Audacity, I lose the Preview ability.

Is there any way to retain the Preview ability in the Preview Pane without having WMP set as my default MP3 app?

  • How exactly did you associate MP3 files with Audacity? – Tim De Baets Aug 15 '13 at 15:25
  • Right-click, "Open With," Choose Program, Audacity.exe, "Always use this program to open this type of file". That may not be the perfect phrasing -- I'm at work and on a Mac at the moment, so I can't check all the prompts in Win7. – JeanSibelius Aug 15 '13 at 16:58

It seems that ticking Always use this program to open this type of file indeed breaks the Preview pane for MP3 files (and possibly other file types too).

As a workaround, I suggest that you instead use the FileTypesMan tool to associate MP3 files with Audacity. In FileTypesMan, first double-click the .mp3 entry, clear the User Choice and click OK. Then right-click in the lower pane, add a new action for Audacity, and mark it as the default action.

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