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How to Associate File Types in Windows

You want to open an attachment or file. You click on the file and one of three things can happen.

  • » It might open just the way you wanted it to.
  • » It might open, but in a program you don’t want to use.
  • » Or it might not open at all … without your assistance.

Who doesn’t love a message telling you to “Choose how this type of file is opened…”? If the computer can’t figure it out, how can you?

Actually it’s not that hard to sort through this type of issue. If a file is opening in a program you don’t want to work in or it won’t open without your input, you simply need to associate that type of file with a particular program. The key to this is simply choosing “Open With” on the file itself.


Opening Files in the Right Program

It’s very common for pictures to open in a program you don’t want. After all, there are many different programs on your computer that will allow you to look at pictures.

To set your preferences for how your computer opens certain files, follow the same steps you would for setting preferences with image files. (1) Right-click on an image on your machine. Select (2) Open with” and then move to the bottom menu option to (3) Choose default program.


In the menu that appears you have the option to choose from common programs already associated with that particular type of file.  Alternatively you can browse for a particular program.


If you see the program you prefer, simply select it and be sure that the “Use this app for all .jpg files” option is checked. This ensures that all similar files are opened the same way every time. Continue reading

Customize Windows: Order and Sort

Okay, so you use Windows: for work, for browsing and for gaming. The thing is, when it’s time to sort through and find files, Windows isn’t the most intuitive program to use.  The newer, more powerful Windows Search helps, but in the end, it’s always better to have a system that you dictate.

This is all about Windows Explorer, also called the File Explorer or simply “Explorer.” This is not be confused with Microsoft’s similarly named browser, Internet Explorer.  But whether you know the name, you know the procedure: Explorer is what you’re dealing with when you’re opening folders, opening subfolders, finding shortcuts, and moving files.

Everyone can do it, but when it comes to optimizing the way your PC works, there is a built in system for linking those things you use most often.  Everyone knows how to save stuff on the desktop, but what if you’re desktop’s getting full?  For that matter – what if you actually want it empty?

Now where did I put that photo of Grandma?
Now where did I put that photo of Grandma?

First, Get Organized

Whether you’re the type of person that prefers neat-and-tidiness, or you’re laid back, letting things install where they want, it never hurts to keep tabs on where things are ending up.  There are lots of tools designed to “clean up” your desktop, but in the end, the best person to sort your stuff is you. Continue reading