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removal of items from "open with" list

By xgi ·
When I try to open some files, I get a an "open with" list. How do I use this list and how do I remove an item from this list?

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by SyscoKid In reply to removal of items from "op ...

You get this when Windows ca't tell, by the file extension, what program to use to open the file.

For example, if a file ends with .doc, Windows will use Microsoft Word to try open the file (even if it's not really a Word document), because .doc is associated with Word in the registry.

When Windows doesn't recognize the extension, that's when you get "Open With", which presents a list of all programs registered with Windows on your computer. If the program you need to open the file isn'ton the list, you have to click on Browse to find it. If you don't know what program to use to open it, you're hosed.

The only way I know of to remove an item from the Open With list is to uninstall it on your computer.

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by xgi In reply to removal of items from "op ...

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by ianknapper In reply to removal of items from "op ...

You get the "Open With" list when the OS does not have a program associated with the extention.

For example the extension txt is associated to notepad.

When you double click an file that does not have an association you are asked to select a program. Simply double click the program you want.

At the bottom of the form you also have the option to always link files of the that type with the program you select.

You can't remove items from the list as these are the programs you have installed.

If you want to remove the association then you need to play around with "File Types" found under Explorers' View Options. But take care!

Does that help?

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by Smurfman In reply to removal of items from "op ...

The open file with information is stored in the Windows, registry, under the key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> CLASSES

In here are all the file types associated on your PC. If you have associated a file by accident that should not be, then simply use regedit and goto the key mentioned above and delete the key that you have associated the file with. ie. you just associated a .nrf file with MS word trying to see what the file might be..oops...well go and edit the registry and delete the .nrf file extention and now it is unassociated. OR select the file, hold the shift key down, and right click on the file to use the Open with... normally this would be missing. Well hope this helps, BTW, the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key is created based on the info in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Classes. Good luck and be careful..
Smurfman

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by Andrew.Brown In reply to removal of items from "op ...

To remove the association between a file and a program go to View then Folder Otions in the menus of Windows Explorer. There is a tab there which says File Types from which you can Remove or Edit an association.

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