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Chapter 6. Installing and Running Progra... > Associating Documents with Programs

Associating Documents with Programs

When you double-click a Microsoft Word document, Windows launches Word with that document open. Windows knows to launch Word—rather than, say, Paint or Outlook Express—because a document’s file type is embedded in its filename, as the (usually three, except for .html and .jpeg) characters appearing after the name’s last dot. These characters—called a file extension—associate a document with a particular program. Table 6.1 gives a short list of common file extensions; visit www.filext.com for a comprehensive list.

Microsoft hides file extensions by default to make Windows appear friendlier. But even beginners appreciate visible extensions for a few reasons:


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