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

Associating Documents with Programs

When you double-click a 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) characters appearing after the name’s last dot. These characters, called an extension or filename extension, associate a document with a particular program. Table 6.1 gives a short list of common extensions; go to www.filext.com for a comprehensive list.

Table 6.1. Common Filename Extensions
ExtensionDescription or Program
.aiAdobe Illustrator
.aviWindows Media Player
.bmpBitmap image
.dllSystem file (not a document)
.docMicrosoft Word (or WordPad)
.exeProgram (not a document)
.gifGIF image
.htm/.htmlWeb page (Internet Explorer)
.inddAdobe InDesign
.jpg/.jpegJPEG image (for photos)
.mdbMicrosoft Access
.pdfPortable Document Format (Adobe Reader)
.pngPNG image
.pptMicrosoft PowerPoint
.psdAdobe Photoshop
.qxdQuarkXPress
.tmpTemporary file
.txtText file (Notepad)
.wpdWordPerfect
.xlsMicrosoft Excel
.zipCompressed Zip file



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