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Windows 7 - How to Set Your File Associations

When you open a file in Windows 7, the operating system looks to the file association to determine which program to use. For instance, the file associations might dictate that all jpg files open with Photoshop, or that all spreadsheets open with Microsoft Excel. If you are having problems opening a particular type of file, chances are there is something wrong with your file association settings.

You can check and reset the file association settings on your Windows 7 computer by following these simple steps.

1. Click on the Start button on your Windows 7 computer
2. Choose the Default Programs option on the menu
3. Click the Set Associations option
4. Scroll through the list of file extensions until you find the one you want to change
5. Select the extension you want to change
6. Click the Change Program button
7. Select the program you want to use to open that type of file
8. Click OK to accept your changes


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