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Windows 7: how to add default programs for file types

04 Nov 2014   #1
mbaron

windops 7 prof 64 bit
 
 
how to add default programs for file types

I have tried to add some MS office programs, eg PowerPoint, as default to open ppt presentations. The default on the computer is a PowerPoint available on the network where i work but i want to use my own computer's PowerPoint. My PowerPoint program is not on the list of "other programs" but I can find that by clicking browse in the "open with" window. but when i ask to open it, it does not appear on the list of other programs nor as the default for .ppt. Need some help. Windows 7 was recently installed to replace win XP.


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04 Nov 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

When you click Default Programs is yours in the list? If so perhaps setting it to have all its defaults will work.
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04 Nov 2014   #3
mbaron

windops 7 prof 64 bit
 
 

The list of default programs is very small and interestingly does not include any MS office programs which are the ones I have been looking for. Is there a way to add them to this list?
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04 Nov 2014   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Control Panel, Default Programs. Double click on .ppt then click the Browse button and navigate to Office Excel and select it. It should now appear in the list of programs you can chose.

Like this (I did it for .txt as I don't have office on this computer):

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04 Nov 2014   #5
mbaron

windops 7 prof 64 bit
 
 

yes, i understand that, but in fact when i select the program it does not appear in the list. So there is something basically wrong with my system and i am not sure how to fix it. possibly something wrong during the installation of windows 7 ?? should it be re-installed?
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04 Nov 2014   #6
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mbaron View Post
The list of default programs is very small and interestingly does not include any MS office programs which are the ones I have been looking for. Is there a way to add them to this list?
Usually repairing office and any other programs that do not show will correct the issue. In uninstall a program, click the program and click change. Then choose repair if available.
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05 Nov 2014   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mbaron View Post
I have tried to add some MS office programs, eg PowerPoint, as default to open ppt presentations. The default on the computer is a PowerPoint available on the network where i work but i want to use my own computer's PowerPoint. My PowerPoint program is not on the list of "other programs" but I can find that by clicking browse in the "open with" window. but when i ask to open it, it does not appear on the list of other programs nor as the default for .ppt. Need some help. Windows 7 was recently installed to replace win XP.
If this is a company owned computer, then you should talk with the company's IT staff.

There is a way to setup a computer to not show the app that you browsed to and selected in the steps mentioned in post 4... but that might be what your employer wants to happen.
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