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Open with - Add Program

How to Add a Program to "Open with" in Windows 7
Published by Brink
30 Jul 2011
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How to Add a Program to "Open with" in Windows 7

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When you right click on a file and click Open with, a list of registered programs are displayed to open the file with.

This tutorial will show you how to add a program to Open with in Windows 7.


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OPTION ONE
To Manually Add a Program to "Open with"

NOTE: This will not always register the program and add it to the Open with window for next time.
1. For how, see: How to Change the Default Program a File Type Opens with in Windows 7





OPTION TWO
Add Program to "Open with" Using a Program

NOTE: The program OpenWithAdd can be helpful in circumstances when Option One does not add the program to "Open with". OpenWithAdd will register the program and add it to "Open with" a lot easier.
WRITTEN BY: Ramesh Srinivasan
1. Go to: Registering programs with the "Open With" dialog

2. Click on the OpenWithAdd.zip download link at the link above to download the file.

3. Save it to your Desktop and extract the two files OpenWithAdd.exe and readme.txt.
NOTE: OpenWithAdd.exe is stand-alone exe file that does not install on your computer. You can move this file to where you want and create a shortcut for it.

4. Click on OpenWithAdd.exe to open the program.

5. Type in the full path of the exe file of the program you want to add to Open With, or click the browse (...) button. (see screenshot below)
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6. If you clicked browse (...), then navigate to the exe file of the program you want to add to Open With. (see screenshot below)
A) Click on Select.
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7. Click on Register. (see screenshot below)
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8. It is now added. (see screenshot below)
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That's it,
Shawn





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30 Jul 2011   #1
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Nice find Shawn

Have been using openwith view to remove some from the list now I can add some too

Thanks

Danny

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30 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Danny.
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26 Mar 2013   #3
cbiweb

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sadly, the above methods don't give me what I need, because:
  1. I like to open files with a specific program sometimes, but not all the time. So, while I need the program to be in the "Open with" menu, I don't always want to choose the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" option.
  2. The 'OpenWithAdd' program looks like a nice little tool, but I seriously prefer making changes directly, even in the registry if necessary. It's not a problem for me, I've been there many times, and always take all precautions when doing so.
If there is a way to add a program to the menu other than the two options above, please post it.
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26 Mar 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello cbiweb,

When you right click on a file and click on "Open with", you could select a listed program to open the file with that program for just that one time. This is what this tutorial is for to add programs to this list.

If you used the "Choose default program" option in the "Open with" context menu, then you have a choice to make it the default program or for just that one time. If you don't want the program to become the default program, then you would uncheck the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file option first.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to have the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box unchecked by default instead of checked to help.

"Always use selected program" - Always Checked or Unchecked

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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