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Windows 7: How To Add A Default Program

04 Mar 2010   #1
Harrismith

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 
How To Add A Default Program

The list of default programs displayed in Default Programs/Set Default Programs is limited and I'd like to add programs as defaults for various file types.

How do I add to the the programs listed?


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04 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Harris,

I'm not sure about adding programs to the Default Programs list like that, but you can select a program to be the default for a file extension type using either method below.

Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

or

Open With - Change Default Program

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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05 Mar 2010   #3
Harrismith

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

Out of interest, do you know how Win7 decides which programs to display?
I have quite a few programs which are not displayed.
I thought it might be just those in C:\Programs and not those in C:\Programs (x86), but I've checked and some programs from both are included in Default Programs.
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05 Mar 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I do not know the specifics of it, but I know that the program must register itself with Windows 7 when installed and be fully compatible and certified by Microsoft. It just depends on how the program was written.
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05 Mar 2010   #5
kikloo

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I want to know the same thing..
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