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Windows 7: file association for .pps does not work

04 Nov 2011   #1
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 
file association for .pps does not work

I have Microsoft Power point and in the association list, power point is designated as the software to be used for .pps files. When I get a power point downloaded attachment to my email client (.pps) and I click on it, I get the message that "it could not be opened because the helper location could not be found". I'd like to get this to work. I do know that I can save the attachment, open power point and view it but merely clikcking on it should work. Any suggestions?


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04 Nov 2011   #2
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

I think that's a problem with how your email client is set up, not with Windows' file associations.
Your email software should allow you to edit what it does with attachments you try to open - basically it maintains a list of its own file associations.
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04 Nov 2011   #3
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

What are you using as email client?
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04 Nov 2011   #4
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 

I'm using Thunderbird and I don't know of any file association list.
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04 Nov 2011   #5
Retiredbill

Win7, home premium, 64 bit
 
 

I found the association list under tools and the .pps file extension was associated with power point. I did change the action to "always ask" and then when I cloicked on .pps file in an email attachment, it asked me to select the software and then I clicked on always use this app. Now it works. Thank you very much because I didn't know that the email clients had their own association list.
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04 Nov 2011   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I use Thunderbird myself but I never added any helper apps. Probably because I almost never click attachments.

I suspected it might be a Mozilla app because the old Netscape browser with built in email client used terms like "helper applications." Once you put one in there it was tough to get it out if I remember. But it's been a long time.
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05 Nov 2011   #7
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Glad you got it sorted out! I used Thunderbird myself a long time ago until I saw the light of Gmail, so I remembered those separate associations. BTW, every browser including Firefox has the same thing.
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05 Nov 2011   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Glad you got it sorted out! I used Thunderbird myself a long time ago until I saw the light of Gmail, so I remembered those separate associations. BTW, every browser including Firefox has the same thing.
But they don't all have a built in email client. Netscape did. Netscape, Firefox, all that chain descended from Mosaic anyway.
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05 Nov 2011   #9
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

No, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with email. Firefox for example just tracks what to do with a given filetype (just download and save it, show/play it in the browser window if plugins are available to handle it, or download to the FF cache and open with an external program).
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05 Nov 2011   #10
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
No, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with email. Firefox for example just tracks what to do with a given filetype (just download and save it, show/play it in the browser window if plugins are available to handle it, or download to the FF cache and open with an external program).
I understand. But the 2 factors together, email attachment, helper app = mozilla related.
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