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Chapter 29. Customizing via Control Pane... > Folder Options (Registering Applicat...

Folder Options (Registering Applications)

Chapters 5 and 6 described some of the Windows folders options, such as showing hidden and system files, Web view, and so on. But they didn't describe how file types get registered. This aspect of Windows 2000's functioning is important.

Unlike the Macintosh operating system, Windows (due to its DOS legacy) uses file extensions (the last three or four letters after the dot in the filename) to determine what program it will open in. (The Macintosh operating system uses a smarter arrangement, wherein every document file has a "creator" signature in it, telling the operating system what program originated the file.)


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