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Windows 7: 'Open with' problems

20 Sep 2011   #1

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'Open with' problems


ive accidentaly set all my programs to open in mozilla firefox browser. ive tried right clicking on an icon, and going into 'open with' but it changes all my programs to whatever i select. any way i can get them all back to how they were so i can use them all again??


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20 Sep 2011   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Welcome to Windows 7 forum.
The easy way is to use a restore point before you made the change. Start and type in restore and look at the top you will find what you need
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20 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

This tutorial may help you get started with correcting the error by using the exe and lnk (LNK) options. :)

Default File Type Associations - Restore
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20 Sep 2011   #4


In Windows Explorer right-click the file and in the context menu, click on Open With. (If you don't have an Open With option, close the context menu and start again, this time by 1st holding down the SHIFT key and then right-clicking on the file. This should enable the Open With menu.)

Click on Choose Default Program, and check your selected program. If you don't see the program that you want as your default for that type of file, at the right-side of the menu window, click on the little + "Tree" icon which opens the full list of menu choices, and see if you find it there.

When you're done, be sure to check the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file."

If you don't find the program you want, you still have 2 more options. First, you can click on Browse and search your entire computer, and/or second, you can check the link that says "If the program you want is not on the list or on your computer, you can look for the appropriate program on the Web."

Here's some additonal help:
How to Associate a File Type or Protocol Default Program in Window 7
How to Set Default Associations for a Program in Windows 7
How to Change the Default Program a File Type Opens With in Windows 7
How to Add a Program to "Open with" in Vista and Windows 7

And if all else fails, here's a 3rd party app that may help:
The Portable Freeware Collection – ‘Open With’ View
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