Associate File Type_preview_ll The default program to open a certain file type can be changed in Windows 8, simply associate a file type or protocol with another program using the new Control Panel.

What Are File Type Associations?

Windows 8 usually has a default program to open certain file types – the associated file type protocol defines what program is used to open the program automatically. For example, setting the Internet Explorer as your default browser would open all *.HTML files and Links via the Internet Explorer.

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This tutorial will teach you how to change any file type associations to open up programs with an application of your choice. Please note that only your user account would be affected and no other user on your PC, so other users would have to do the same

PRO-TIP: Add “Open with” to context-menu

If you’re an advanced user you may want to add the option “Open With” to ALL files, here’s how

  • Open the registry editor via regedit.exe
  • Uncollapse HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/*/shell/
  • If it doesn’t exist create the folder
  • Create a new key called openas with a subfolder called command – should look like this:
  • Open With To Context
  • In the right pane double-click Default and copy and paste this command rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1

 Assigning A New Program For TXT, ZIP, BAT, PDF, EXCEL Files

1. StepOpen up the Control Panel and click on the Default Programs icon

Open up default programs

2. StepClick on Associate a file type or protocol with a program

Associate a file type or protocol

3. StepHave some patience – this may take a while

Loading Associate protocol

4. StepSelect a file type that you want a difference file association for and click Change program…

Set Associations Windows 8

5. StepSelect any program from the list. Alternatively you can also click the More Options and select another program from your hard drive. I selected Windows Media Player. Now click Close

Windows Media player