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Windows 7: Associate a file type

19 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7Home Premium 32 bit
Associate a file type

I accidentally associated the .lnk (shortcut) extension with a program. Now all my desktop icons open that program (Picassa). I tried to change it back to Unknown Program using "set associations - change programs" but it does not give the option to change it to "Unknown Association"

Can anyone help with this?

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19 Mar 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Fort5, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can download and merge the lnk (LNK) in the tutorial below to see if it may be able to help with this after restarting the computer. It will restore the default associations for shortcuts.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
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19 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7Home Premium 32 bit

Thank you Shawn so much for your solution. I have implemented it and now about half of my shortcuts point properly to their programs. Some of the ones that don't are Microsoft word, and Google Chrome. Is there another step that i need to take to fix those?
Thanks so much.
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19 Mar 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome Fort5.

You may need to create new shortcuts for them directly from the EXE file of the program.
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