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Manage File Associations

A file association specifies which application is the default for a particular file type. When you open a file—an MP3, for example—the associated program launches. To change the current file association for a file type, or to create an association, right-click on a file with the appropriate extension, and select Open with. (In Windows 98, you need to hold down the Shift key when right-clicking.)

In Windows 98, Me, or 2000, select the program you want to use from the list that appears, or Browse for another application. Windows XP will show you a short list of recommended programs or let you Choose Program. Check the box labeled Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, and choose OK.

If you're using Win XP and not sure which program to use, and you are connected to the Internet, click on the link called Look for the appropriate program on the Web to go to a Web page that may help you find out the correct program to use.

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