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2.2. How to Change File Type Associations (Windows XP)

How to Change File Type Associations (Windows XP)


  1. Click on the Start menu with your mouse or press the "Windows" button on your keyboard.
  2. Click on the "My Computer" option in the Start menu.
  3. Click on the "Tools" tab along the menu bar.
  4. Click on the "Folder Options" option.
  5. Click on the "View" tab.
  6. Make sure the "Hide extensions for known file types" is unchecked, so you can see the full filenames in Windows XP, including file type associations.
  7. Click "OK" and close the "Folder Options" window.
  8. Right-click on a file you wish to change.
  9. Click on the "Properties" option in the right-click context menu.
  10. Click the "Open with..." button in the "Properties" window. Note that the file may already have a file type association saved for it (it will display the icon of the associated application). Be aware that the button may be captioned "Change..." instead of "Open with...," depending on the version of Windows XP you are using.
  11. Click on an application to choose a different file type association for your selected file type. You may also click "Browse" if the application you wish to use for your new file type association is not listed.
  12. Click "OK" once you have chosen a file type association.

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