26 Feb 2012

How to change the default program used to open a file type in Windows 7

 If you’ve ever installed a program and suddenly found certain file types opening with it instead of what you had before, it can be confusing and annoying. Today we take a look at how you can control which applications are opening certain file types on your computer.

set-associations-windowsWindows will usually open a specific file type in the same program, known as the default program, all the time. Windows 7 support only opens one program for a particular file extension. suppose 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 do.

This can easily be rectified though. Here's following steps will help  to change default program and help to open in windows 7 support environment.

Step1: From the Start menu select the Control Panel.

Step2: Open the Program section and then click on Make a file type always open in a specific program from the section labeled Default Programs.

Step3: Windows will now display a list of all the various file extensions and the default program currently used to open it. To change the default program, simply click on the extension your require. For example .doc. Now press Change Program in the top right-hand corner of the window.

Step4: You'll now be offered a list of programs installed on the PC that can open this file type. Select the one you want and press OK. The default program will now be changed.

Step5: Alternatively, you can right-click on any file with this extension and select Open with from the drop down menu. Press Choose default program from the menu and you'll be presented with the compatible programs installed on the machine. Select the one you want and then make sure the box next to Always use the selected program to open this type of file is checked. Press OK.

If you don’t like original button in your system and want to change this button and set a new look then follow this blog.  How to customize Windows Start button in Windows 7.

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