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    Changing file association preferences (Windows XP v. 5.1, SP2)

    I'd like to change my file association dialog box so that the option "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is unchecked by default. When it comes up now, it's checked. Is there some way to change it?

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows XP v. 5.1, SP2)

    Not as far as I know...

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows XP v. 5.1, SP2)

    Thanks, Hans.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows XP v. 5.1, SP2)

    You can turn off "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" for specific extensions. Let's say you want to turn it off by default for files with extension .xyz
    - Select Start | Run...
    - Type regedit and press Enter.
    - Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.
    - Create a new key named <code>.xyz</code>
    - That's it.
    Unfortunately, you'd have to do this for each extension that doesn't yet have a program associated with it.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    You might find more flexibility with something like OpenExpert.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Given what's already been said, Russ, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I think it depends on how you "get there." On my machine, if I open Folder Options, File Types in Windows Explorer, you're correct in seeing the tick box already selected, for that is the association already in place.

    But, if I get there by right-clicking a file of some type in a regular pane of Windows Explorer, select Open With and then Choose Program, the tick box is NOT checked and I can either select a currently listed program or browse for one. This is the route I usually take and only check the box if I want to "permanently" change the association.

    I should mention that I run two machines, one with XP MCE and the other with Pro and they both behave the same way. YMMV...

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> An OLD post of mine: <post:=208,862>post 208,862</post:>

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows XP v. 5.1, SP2)

    Thanks, folks. Pardon my late reply--I've been away from a computer all day.

    Hans, thank you for the registry editing idea. Since my main use of the file association dialog box is for unknown extensions that I run across, it won't really work well for my needs.

    Leif, thanks for the software suggestion. If I get a chance, I'll check on it.

    Big Al, on my previous office computer, Windows 2000, right-clicking a file in a window would give me the "Open with" option like you said. However, for some reason, my new XP office PC doesn't include that (only gives "Open"); when you click "Open," you get the choice of choosing a program from a list or using the "Web service" to find something and the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is checkmarked by default.

    Thanks to all of you for taking the time to answer.

    Russ

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    I just came across this tip at Ramesh's site which may do the trick, but it appears to be on a per extension basis.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> That's the same as my reply in <post:=648,112>post 648,112</post:> (guess where I got it from <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>), and Russ already indicated that it doesn't meet his needs.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Oh - yes! I must really learn to read what's been posted.... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    I don't know why you don't see the Open With context menu, but it must happen 'cause one of our favorite places has a couple of "fixes" for the problem. Take a look at Troubleshooting Windows XP, Tweaks and Fixes for Windows XP and look at number 220 on the left and number 241 on the right. They're small registry adjustments, so be careful.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Thanks, Big Al. I'll give it a try when I get a chance. I've been swamped here at work all week.

    I too was puzzled that I wasn't getting the "Open with" choice since I'd been used to seeing it in Windows 2000.

    Russ

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Windows XP hides "Open with" if the file type is known to it. See ActiveWindows -- Adding "Open With" Menu Command.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Here's an interesting twist:

    My office computer (XP Professional 2003) is the one that has the missing "Open with" choice. However, I just tried it on my home computer (XP Media Center 2005), and I do get the "Open with" choice.

    So as an experiment, I connected to my office computer remotely from home. Through the remote connection, I get the "Open with" choice. I guess that means my home machine's settings are governing that particular item.

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    Re: Changing file association preferences (Windows

    Thanks, Joe.

    The first sentence of your link puzzles me: "The Open With context menu is only available when you Shift+right-click a file." I've never used Shift with the right-click to get the "Open with" before. I'll try that on my office machine to see if it works.

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