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How to change file associations in XP
If a new program changes a file association such as if you
install a graphics program like PhotoShop, you might find that
it is now the default program to open picture files like .jpg
and .gif, even though you prefer to have them opened by the
Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Luckily, it's easy to change the
file associations so that files with the selected extension will
open with the program of your choice.
Right click the Start menu and select Explore.
In Windows Explorer, click the Tools menu, then click Folder
Click the File Types tab.
In the list of registered file types, scroll down to the file
extension whose association you want to change and highlight it.
Click the Change button.
Scroll through the list of programs that can open the file type
and select the one you want to use as the default. Be sure the
box labeled "Always use the selected program to open this kind
of file" is checked.
You can click the Browse button to look for the program if it
doesn't appear in the list.
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