Reprinted from The Brick Communicator newspaper - (never printed), 2002.

Computer Q&A

with Mark Levy

Open WithÖ..What?
2nd of a 2 part series

What happens when you associate files with the wrong programs? You are now stuck with a program trying to open files that canít be run or viewed correctly. These next steps will show you how to fix that so you can continue searching for the correct program to open your file, getting back to where you started in Part 1.

In Windows Explorer click on Tools, Folder Options and the tab File Types, here you will see all of the Registered file types on your system and what program they open with. If you now know the correct program to open the file, scroll down the list highlighting the extension in question then click on Change, the Open With dialog box opens letting you choose the correct program then click on Okay and Close. If you still donít know what program will open this file scroll down the list until you find the 3 character extension of the file, highlight it and click on delete, now click on Okay to close this window and to resume searching for the program to open your file.

There will be those times when youíll try to open a file and just wonít be able to find the program associated with it, you might have received a photo or a document in your e-mail or on a floppy disk from a friend or family member and unless you are willing to install the correct program you wonít be able to open the file no matter what you do.

Mark Levy is president of the Jersey Shore Computer Club. Meetings held monthly in the Municipal Complex, Brick Township. For more information visit: or e-mail:

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