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    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol in Windows 8

    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol in Windows 8
    How to Associate a File Type or Protocol with a Program in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    08 Sep 2012
    Default Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol in Windows 8

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    How to Associate a File Type or Protocol with a Program in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    A default program is the program that Windows uses automatically when you open a particular type of file.

    This tutorial will show you how to associate a file extension type or protocol to always "open with" a program of your choice by default in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    Note   Note

    • These Default Programs association settings are only applied to your user account and will not affect other users on the PC.
    • The program that you select as the default for the file extension type or protocol must support opening that file extension or protocol in order for the program to be able to open it. For example, a .TXT will open with Notepad or Wordpad, but it will not open with MSPaint.





    OPTION ONE
    Associate File Type or Protocol with Program in Control Panel in 8/8.1

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Default Programs icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Associate a file type or protocol with a program link. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Either double click/tap on the file extension or protocol, or click/tap on the file extension or protocol and click/tap on the Change Program button of the one you want to change the "current default' program association of. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If the program you want to associate is not listed, then click/tap on the More Options link if available. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on a listed program that you want to associate. (see screenshots below)

    Note   Note
    If the program you wanted to select is still not listed, then you could do either option below if available.

    • Click/tap on Look for an app in the Store to go to the Store to search and find an app to install, then start this tutorial over to select the new app to be associated as the default program.
    • Click/tap on the Look for another app on this PC link, navigate to the program's exe file, select it, and click/tap on the Open button to have it associated as the default program.


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    6. If you associated a program, then you will see this below as "Set Associations" updates and reloads.

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    7. Repeat the steps above if you would like to associate another file extenstion or protocol to be opened with a different program of your choice by default.

    8. When finished, close the "Set Associations" window. (see screenshot below step 3)





    OPTION TWO
    Associate File Type or Protocol with App in PC Settings in Windows 8.1

    1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on Search & apps on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Defaults on the left side in "Search & apps", and do step 3 or 4 below for how you would like to choose a default app by. (see screenshot below)

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    3. To Choose Default Apps by File Type

    A) Click/tap on the Default apps by file type link at the bottom. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Click/tap on the current default app or + Choose a default of the file type name that you want to change the default app of, then click/tap on a listed installed app that you want set as it's default. (see screenshot below)

    C) When finished setting file type associations, go to step 5 below.

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    4. To Choose Default Apps by Protocol

    A) Click/tap on the Default apps by protocol link at the bottom. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Click/tap on the current default app or + Choose a default of the file protocol name that you want to change the default app of, then click/tap on a listed installed app that you want set as it's default. (see screenshot below)

    C) When finished setting file type associations, go to step 5 below.

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    5. You can now close PC settings if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Shawn,

    This is a great tutorial but it's not working for me because I don't have the existing program I need in my Default Programs section to be able to edit it!

    Basically I was trying to open .exe files and nothing would happen. I looked online for a solution, downloaded a registry code that would allow me to unblock the .exe files that I was trying to open, but all that happened then was that whenever I clicked on "unblock files" it came up with "This file does not have a program associated with it..." etc, hence me finding this page.

    But when I've gone into Default Programs and tried to sort out the .exe association problem, there isn't even an .exe entry there!

    Print screen:


    Any suggestions?
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    Hello Chemilyx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could download the .reg file for the listed .exe option in the tutorial below to fix this. It will restore the default associations for .exe files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Sadly not, it's still doing exactly the same thing
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    You could try using the lnk (LNK) option to see if that may help.

    If not, then you could also do a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened.
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    Hi there,

    I have a very similar but slightly different issue that is making me pull my hair out.

    I have 2 versions on Indesign. I recently installed Indesign CS6 for work with one client, but wish indesign CS5 to remain the default program when I double click on an indesign file as everyone else I work for still use indesign CS5.

    When I follow the instructions everything seems to work, I select the .indd extension, that I wish to change the association of, and then navigate to the 'indesign.exe' in the CS5 folder to set it as default, but it does not change anything. It just remains saying CS6!. Whenever I open a document it opens in CS6 and I have to close and open through CS5s 'open file' interface, wasting tons of time as I deal with dozens of files every hour... hmmmm

    any ideas?

    thanks in advance

    Tom
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    Hello Tom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm not sure how that's going to work with basically two versions of the same program. Does it have CS5 listed in Default Programs to select?

    If not, then you might consider using a virtual machine to have CS6 running in it, while you keep only CS5 on your host to avoid the conflict between them.
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    wondows8


    yeah, it's curious, it has always been straight forward with XP, they would act as separate programs.

    CS5 version doesn't come up in the list, I had to then choose by browsing

    T
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    To associate Pale Moon with HTTP/HTTPs and FTP for a computer that has been installed with Nightly, we'd need this program: Register Firefox Portable with Default Programs in Windows 7/Vista - The Winhelponline Blog

    Somehow Windows 8 refuses to register Pale Moon if the machine has had Nightly installed. Not sure whichever doing this bug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Chemilyx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could download the .reg file for the listed .exe option in the tutorial below to fix this. It will restore the default associations for .exe files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn,
    How do you save a .reg file to your desktop as it says in your tutorial? Thanks.
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