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#1 Christoph182

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:46 PM

Hey guys, where do I go to manage my media files (mp3s, movies)? For example, I usually use Windows Media Player and Winamp but I dont know how to control which media files are assigned to which media program.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:07 PM

To associate a file with a particular program:

Double click My Computer.
At the top, click Tools.
Select Folder Options.
Click the File Types tab.
Scroll down to the file type you want to open to a default program.
Click on it, to highlight it.
Click the Change button, which will open a new window.

If the program you want to use is an option:
Select it.
Then put a check in the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box (if this is selected, all of these file types will open in the selected program).
Click OK.
Click Apply.
Click OK.

If the program you want to use is not one of the options:
At the bottom, click the Browse... button.
Navigate to the program you want to open this file, located at C:\Program Files\selected program.
Highlight it (single click), and click the Open button.
Double click the executable (.exe) for the program.
Then put a check in the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box (if this is selected, all of these file types will open in the selected program).
Click OK.
Click Apply.
Click OK.

Or, you can go to the program, you want to handle a particular file type, and set which file types the program should handle.
This can usually be found in the programs Options menu.

Whatever you set, under Folder Options / File Types, will be the default.
In other words, when you double click it, that's the program it opens in.
It doesn't mean that's the only program you can open the file in.
Just set the files to the program you want to use a default.
If you need to open them in a program that's not set as default, open the program, click File / Open, and navigate to the file you want to open.
or,
You can right click the file, select Open With, and choose a program to open it with, from there.
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