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Sunday, July 17, 2011

How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension in Windows 7

Many file types, like popular video and graphics file types, are supported by
many, many programs. Windows 7 probably has a preferred program that
opens when you try to launch files of a particular type but what if you want
a different program to open?
Windows 7 only opens one program for a particular file extension so if you
like your JPEG files to open with Photoshop Elements, for example, and not
Paint, then changing that default program for JPEG files is what you need to

Start -> Control Panel -> the Programs link -> Click on the Make a file type
always open in a specific program link under the Default Programs heading ->
In the Set Associations window, scroll down the list until you see the file
extension that you want to change the default program for -> Click on the file
extension to highlight it, once you've found the one you're looking for ->
Click the Change program... button above the scroll bar -> The Open With
dialog box should appear -> Look through the options in the Recommended
Programs area and choose the application that you want to open the file
extension with when you double-click on the particular kind of file on your
computer -> Click the OK button on the Open With window. Windows 7 will
refresh the list of file associations to show the new default program to open
this type of file -> Click the Close button at the bottom of the Set
Associations window. You may also close the Control Panel window if it's still
open -> From this point forward, when you double-click on any file with this
particular file extension, the program you associated it with your choise will
launch and load the particular file.

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