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Managing Associations Between File Types and Programs

In Windows Me, as with previous versions of Windows, you can define a file type, associate it with a file extension, and then associate any number of actions with the file type. Again, using Word as an example, you can define the Microsoft Word Document file type and then define one or more actions associated with that file type. The default action can be executed by choosing a file with the .DOC extension in Windows Explorer or in a folder window or by right-clicking a DOC file and choosing the default action from the top of the shortcut menu that is displayed.

Other actions you define and associate with a file type appear in the shortcut menu when you right-click a file of that type. When Microsoft Word for Windows is installed, for example, the Print command is automatically associated with the Word Document file type, so you can right-click a Word file and choose Print from the shortcut menu. The document is opened in Word, printed, and then closed. When you install an application, it usually creates the appropriate associations with file types. If you already have an application installed that handles the same file types, the new application might take over the current associations, or give you the option of which file types to associate the new program with.


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