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How to associate a program with a file type in Windows 10

If you want a particular program to open a certain file type, you can instruct Windows to do it very quickly….either temporarily or permanently.

I will show you the quickest way first…the way I normally do it…and after I will show you the longer but more tune-able way…for example opening different types of video files with different programs.

Let’s start with a Microsoft Word document that opens the wrong program when you double click it. The first thing to do is find it in File Explorer. Then quite simply…RIGHT CLICK it:

This will bring up a menu and you need to look for ……..OPEN WITH…..just click it…and another menu will appear:

If you just want to change the associated program temporarily then choose one of the suggested programs that show in the list and click OK…..but if you want to change it permanently then click…ALWAYS USE THIS APP TO OPEN…….

Sometimes the program that you want isn’t displayed initially and you need to click …MORE APPS…to find it.

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Sometimes even then the required program is missing and you will need to scroll down and click…LOOK FOR ANOTHER APP ON THIS PC…

This is where it gets a little bit advanced…what you need to do is find the executable file of the program you want in the File Explorer window that opens. When you find it….select it and click …OPEN

If you’re lucky and that file is named the same as the program (eg the executable file of the App “Paint” is called Paint.exe) then it’s relatively straightforward. If you’re unlucky it’s called a random name in an odd place. Here’s a guide on how to find it

Although the explanation above may seem quite long winded, in practice it’s the quickest way to change the program for a particular file. There is another way, and that’s to go via a settings page called…DEFAULT APPS…there are instructions here on how to use it.

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