How Do I Change Which Application Opens A File Type?

Many of the applications on your computer can open different types of files.  For eample, Microsoft Word can open TXT and RTF files as well as the 'normal' DOC and DOCX files.  Sometimes the default application for a given file type may not be what you want to use.  This can be easily changed with the "Open With" option.

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  1. Here we have the PDF files set to open using Chrome, and we are going to change it to open with Adobe Acrobat. thumbnail 
  2. Right click on the icon, and then choose "Open With" and "Choose Another Appthumbnail 
  3. A window with "How do you want to open this file?" will open up, allowing you to choose the specific application you wish to use.  Should you want the choice to be the new default, then check the "Always use this app" checkbox. thumbnail  
  4. Click OK to open the file (and if checked) set this to be your new default behavior.  


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2019-06-28 09:30
Kevin Squire
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