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File Associations in Vista

How do I set my file type associations in Windows Vista? It was so easy in XP!

This is a great question with a nice, easy answer! A lot of people lament the alternate routes they need to take to accomplish something that was once so easy in Windows XP. The biggest one I get has to do with file type associations. So, without any hesitation, here we go!

Go to Start>Control Panel>Default Programs>Associate a file type or protocol with a program


After a brief wait for the extension list to load you’ll see this screen:


Just select a file type you’d like to associate and click Change Program at the top.


From here, all you have to do is choose a program to use when opening a file. If that desired program is not in the list, you can always browse to its location.

Just in case, here’s the Windows XP instructions.