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File Associations in Vista

As some of you know, I switched to Vista over a month ago after being asked to write an article about Vista for an upcoming issue of GP Solo.  Anyway, about a week ago, I managed to mess up my file association between .doc files and Word.  Clicking on a .doc file in Explorer would open the file in WordPad.  Argh!

In the good old days, you could simply go to Folder Options in XP and change the association but this option is no longer there in Vista.  After some searching around, I found the answer here

There are actually two ways to do it.  First, you can right click on the file, choose Open With and Choose Default Program.  Second, you can open the Control Panel in Classic View and select Default Programs then select “Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program.”  Now that I think of it, either one is more logical than the old way of doing it under Folder Options.  I just did not know where to look.

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