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Chapter 3. Advanced File Management with... > Associating Files with Programs

Associating Files with Programs

Whenever you double-click an icon, Windows checks the file's extension against a database of registered file types to determine which action to take. A registered file type might have multiple actions (Open, Edit, and Print, for example), all of which are available on the shortcut menu when you right-click a file of that type. Windows uses the default action when you double-click the icon. If Windows does not recognize the file type, it displays a dialog box and lets you choose which application to use with the file you've selected.

In Windows Me, Microsoft has completely redesigned the interface through which you manage the associations between file types and programs. The procedure is still complicated, but it now includes some safeguards that let you undo changes—a welcome improvement over Windows 95 and 98.


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