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Windows 7: Is it possible to set a specific file to open with another program?

30 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (main), Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64
 
 
Is it possible to set a specific file to open with another program?

I know it's possible to open a specific file type on a specific program (using default programs or "open with" context menu). But I was wondering if it's possible to apply that on a specific file, not file type.

For example, I have 4 videos (vid1.avi, vid2.avi, vid3.avi, vid4.avi) and I want vid1.avi to open in WMP (by default) while the other 3 in another video player like MPC (also by default). Is it possible?

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30 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not by default, but you could do it using a new shortcut.

Create a shortcut to the player.
"C:\folder\player.exe"

Then add the path to the file you want to play so the shortcut points to:

"C:\folder\player.exe" "D:\videos\avi1.avi"

Another option is to change the file extension to something unused e.g. .bvi instead of .avi and then associate the .bvi extension to the player you want for that file

Another option is to convert the file to another known format and associate that with the alternate player.
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30 Nov 2011   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

File name's extension part is used for opening the file with a default program. To change the default program you have to use the Open with command or from the File-Open menu command from within the program.

There is no way to open one file with one program and another file with a different program, by double clicking on the file names when the extension of both files is same.
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01 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (main), Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64
 
 

Tried Sub Styler's suggestion, and it works even on other file types. It's a bit of a hassle though when the file is moved.
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01 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I gave 3 options,

Yes the shortcut method is reliant upon the files remaining in the same location. The other options should not pose such a problem. (if you rename an .avi to .bvi it will still be an .avi and play normally when associated)

Edit: To change a files extension you will need to uncheck the "Hide extension for known file types" in the folder view setting dialogue.

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01 Dec 2011   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Yes Sub Styler's method is to circumvent the default file extension. Changing the file's extension is a good idea. OP can setup different media files for different players by this method.
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