How to Create an Association in the Folder Options Control Panel for Windows Explorer

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File associations in Windows determine which program opens when you double-click a file icon in Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer has a configuration screen that allows you to change these file associations. This is beneficial, for example, if you have installed new software and want to associate it with several file extensions.

  • Right-click the Windows "Start" button and select "Explore." This opens Windows Explorer. Click the "View" menu item and select "Folder Options."

  • Click the "File Types" tab. This lists all the file extensions created on your computer. When you click one of these icons, it lists the file association for the extension.

  • Click the file association you want to edit. Choose "Edit." A new dialog window opens. Select "Browse" to choose a new program.

  • Select the program you want to use for the new file association. Click "OK" to save your changes. The next time you double-click this file extension, the new program opens.

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