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Windows 7: How to add a file type to the default list?

09 Mar 2014   #11
infti

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09 Mar 2014   #12
infti

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I did not find an answer to the original qn on this thread: how to add a file extension or file type in Windows 7. Does anyone have an answer for this? It was trivial with XP. It seems impossible with 7.
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09 Mar 2014   #13
infti

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How to add a file extension or file type in Windows 7

I did not find an answer to the original qn on this thread: how to add a file extension or file type in Windows 7. Does anyone have an answer for this? It was trivial with XP. It seems impossible with 7.

Sorry for the duplicate post. I saw two places to reply and tried both.
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16 Mar 2014   #14
A Guy

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Generally the programs installer adds the file type to the list. Have you tried manually telling windows what program to associate to the file type? I can't say this will add the file type to the list, but you will already have your association.

Right click on the file> On the context menu choose Open with> On the next menu Choose default program> When the dialogue opens choose the Browse button> Navigate to the programs .exe file> Check the box for Always use the selected application to open this type of file

This site may well show you how to add a file type in it's instructions before adding that file type to the New menu

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16 Mar 2014   #15
infti

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I found out how to add a file type in Windows 7. Windows 7 does not provide a straightforward way to do this, so what I describe below is a workaround --- essentially a way to defeat the idiosyncrasies of Windows 7.

If you have a file with an extension whose file type you want to add, right click the filename in "Computer" and choose "properties". Under "properties", choose "open with" and then select the program which you want to open files of this type. Be sure that the check box "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is checked.

If you do not already have such a file, create one. For example, you can create a simple text file and "save as" using the extension name you want.


I'm not sure exactly what a context menu is, but this seems similar to what the previous contributor suggested.
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16 Mar 2014   #16
A Guy

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It is precisely what I suggested The context menu is the menu you get when you right click on a file. A Guy
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26 May 2014   #17
infti

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"This site may well show you how to add a file type in it's instructions before adding that file type to the New menu
Great Registry Hacks: How do you make your own file extension n file type?
A Guy"

Yes, this appears to be correct and is better than what I posted above. I have not tried it yet, since I just saw it for the first time. But as soon as I have time, I will try it on all my Windows 7 PCs.

Thanks!
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