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By chris.dolson ·
Forgive me if I get some of the jargon wrong, I'm relatively new to PC's. In Win 98SE under Folder Options you can assign a particular application to open a specified file type. However, it seems that a given file type may be opened by multiple applications. MP3's, for example, open under both Real Player and Media Player. Where can I find a list of what applications are associated with what file types and the associated file extensions. Far from a pro's question, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to file type help

This may help,Open Windows Explorer,click on the View menu,in the drop down list select Folder Options and then select the File Types tab,it will show you the file types and applications that is associated with the file.

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by chris.dolson In reply to file type help

O.K. I'm tracking on that much, but how would I know that a file type can be opened by more than one application. The file types drop down list just seems to tell you what application is currently assigned to open the file, and allows you to edit actions and change the app that performs said actions. What I'm hoping to find is some sort of list that says Media Player opens *.mp3/*.wav...and so on across the entire Win98 spectrum. I really want to know because sometimes I get that dialog box that pops up and says "Open with..." and it gives me a list of apps to select from, only I have know idea which one to chose.

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by motorave In reply to file type help

open my computer select view
select folder options and select the file types tab all files on the machine that can be used and what they are are in that list

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by chris.dolson In reply to file type help

See above comments section, but I would like to thank both of you for trying to help.

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by agiias In reply to file type help

You will have to create your own list through trial and error. The types of file that an application can recognize is application dependent. Uncheck the Always Open With box and select an app from the list, the app will inform you if it cannot open the file. When you have determined your preferred app for a specific file type leave the Always Open With box checked next time you Open with...

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by dcosgrove In reply to file type help

this link gives you a list of most of the file extensions and some of the programs that will open them.

http://www.computeruser.com/resources/dictionary/filetypes.html

bear in mind there are at least 50 types of mp3 players and editors and newprograms come out every day. This list is just a start. The high tech dictionary, in general, is a good reference to have bookmarked.

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by emcs In reply to file type help

You can also look at the followinf sites:
1. http://www.cjnetworks.com/~pavritt/glossary1.htm.

2. http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/fileextensions.html

3. http://www.matisse.net/files/formats.html

last on my list, but there are many more,

4. http://www.springfieldtech.com/HOW_DO/File_type.htm


No one page will have a complete listing of all file extension.

Good luck.

dennie

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