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Chapter 13. Advanced File Management Tec... > Associating Files with Programs

Associating Files with Programs

When you attempt to open an icon, Windows checks the file's extension against a database of registered file types to determine what action it should take. A registered file type can have multiple actions, all of which are available on the right-click shortcut menus; Windows uses the default action when you launch the icon. If Windows does not recognize the file type, it offers a dialog box that enables you to choose which application to use with the file you've selected.


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