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File Association Options

Thursday, November 11th, 2004 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Windows Explorer

My JPEGs open up in my web browser, but I want them to open in the photo program I just installed. How can I make sure that files open where I want them to?

You seem to be suffering from file association anxiety? This is common for people who have files open in the wrong program or a file type that isn’t associated with any program. Well, there is a solution!

1. Open Explorer ( right-click the Start button and select Explore ) and head to a file you would like to either associate with another program or get associated with a program for the first time.

2. Once you get to the file, hold down your SHIFT key and right-click it. You will be presented with a menu that gives you an option to Open With… . Select that.

Oh, if you’re using XP or Vista, you may not even need to hold down the shift key to get this to work. Both operating systems usually give you an Open with item on the right-click menu with a sub-menu full of options. If you want to change the association, you’ll need to select the Choose Program option.

XP Open With picture:


Note – in the sample pictures, we’ll re-associate a JPEG with Photoshop – it was original associated with Internet Explorer. So, in the photo below I hold the SHIFT key down and right-click a JPG file.


3. This will open up a screen where you can tell Windows what program to open that particular file with. Choose the program and make sure the little ” Always use this program to open this type of file ” checkbox is checked. Hit OK.


That should do it. Windows will now use the new file association when opening the file you just worked with.

~ Steve

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