Details of file type associations in Windows® 7
What are file type associations in Windows 7? Why are they important?
File type association in Windows 7 will associate a particular file extension with your application. So every time you double click on a file that has an extension, the file will automatically open in your application. The whole process of associating a file extension with in a certain program is automatically performed by the public function 'Association_File' which is defined in the 'File_Commands.bas' module. Windows 7 supports file extension based associations. Each file association is stored in the registry. For editing file association you can use the 'assoc' command and for creating it, you can use the 'ftype' command.
Details of different file type associations and causes for the problems they may face:
- Cause of file type associations problems
- Tip to solve file type associations problems
- Default file type associations
Cause of file type associations problems
Usually a problem with a file type associations occurs when your computer can no longer handle a file type as it usually does. Computers have programs for different file types. When a crash occurs or malware affects your PC then there are chances of changes in the programs which you have installed on your PC. For example a new media player will make itself a default program for all the media types like music, video and photo files. But even then you may prefer your old media player.
Tip to solve file type associations problems
If files are damaged then the changing of the files is very simple. For example, if your doc. file association has changed to some other word processor then instead of Microsoft Word, you can easily change it back to Microsoft Word. Find a Microsoft Word document in Windows Explorer then instead of double clicking it you will have to right click on it and then depending on your operating system you will have to choose the 'Open' or 'Open With' option from the sub menu.
Default file type association is powerful utility which will allow you to edit the file type associations in Windows 7. With the help of default file type association you will be able to edit, add, delete contact menu items and you can edit file type information and you can also change the associated extension for the selected file type. You can even use this to change the Windows AutoPlay settings or delete AutoPlay handler programs.
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