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    Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    Some time back (like maybe two-three years) I read a handy hint in WPXnews, I think it was, about how you can add items to the Open With list when you right-click a file name in Windows Explorer. I remember HOW to do this (easy enough!), it's WHERE to do it I can't remember.

    Anyone know?

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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    It's rather technical - see for example Mastering File Types in Windows XP

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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    As the article Hans pointed to states, if you select the Choose Program option from the Open With menu, and then select a program that isn't one the file is normally associated with, it will open the file if it is able. If you don't select the Always use this program... option that program wil be added to your Open With list, at least temporarily. I can't say for sure how long it will remain on the Open With menu list, but I believe it will survive a reboot or two.
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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    That's like.... 6 months <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    Hopefully !!! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    For a tinkerer like me... it's more like six hours. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>
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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    Then maybe we should enlist you to test my theory. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    Maybe that's the way I did it, editing the Registry...seems like I remember it being a lot simpler than that, though. Similar to adding to the Send To menu. But, that HAS been a year or two or three, you can forget a lot in that time.

    Thanks for the info. When I have an extra few minutes (hours?) I'll check it out.

    Jo Byrd

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    Re: Right-click Open with option (XP Pro SP2)

    Only briefly tested, but OpenExpert seems to do the job.

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