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System specs: Running Win98 on an Acer PII 400 MMX, 64 MRam, 8 Meg Video...etc. This is a fairly easy qestion (I think), but its driving me nuts. If I click on a .jpg file, the computer displays the pic using MSIE. I use Netscape and would rather have that prog open the file or maybe Paint Shop Pro. The same is true for a couple of other file types. Basically...Is it possible to 'tell' the computer what prog I want to use to open a particular file, other than loading the program first and then the file into it. I hope its easy, and since I got some extra points, I'm gonna load this up... thanks
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burtons2 earned 300 total points
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Flubbster,

Sure.
Open 'My Computer',then: view, folder options, file types.  Then select 'JPEG image' edit.  Click once on 'open' and edit.  In the 'Application used to perform action' bit, hit the browse button and select the program you want.

Another way of doing this (possibly easier) is to Open 'My Computer', then: view, folder options, file types, select 'JPEG image and click 'Remove'.  Then restart windows, open 'My Computer' and goto a directory with jpeg's in and they should have the unknown file type icon.  Just Double Click on one and windows will then ask what program to open the file with.  Select the program (or browse for it) ensuring that the 'Always use this program to open this file' check box is ticked.

Hope this helps.


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by:bartsmit
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In PaintShop Pro you can restore the associations in the preferences file. This will make it the default Jpeg viewer.

You can also add a shortcut to PaintShop Pro in the c:\Windows\SendTo folder. This means that you can right-click any file and select Send To.

If you want to have multiple options for Jpeg, you can add more actions using burtons2 1st method. Instead of editing the "open" method you can others like "view", "open for edit" or even "open with PaintShop Pro". These would appear on the Right-click menu. The one you designate as default would be chosen when you double-click.
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by:flubbster
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Ok guys, I'm totally screwed now. First off, I provided wrong info on operating sys, this is W in95...I was thinking off my home PC, and this one is at work with the problem. I apologize. Now, I did was burton suggested and now when I double-click on the .jpg, Netscape loads and asks if I want to open or save. I select open and it repeats the process with another .jpg file. I have no idea what these files are...LOL. This continues as long as I keep hitting open. I tried to go back to MSIE, and now it opens the pic as a text file and just shows me a bunch swierd text characters..... HELP
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by:bartsmit
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Did you try and reset the associations using Paintshop Pro?
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by:flubbster
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Nowhere in PSP do I see anything concerning association of files. I was able to have PSP open the file, but not Netscape, using the My Computer/types/etc... I was also finally able to get MSIE to load the pic again... I would still prefer to use Netscape however so that when browsing, it does not have to open a different program.
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by:bartsmit
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Paintshop Pro 5 has a File Associations entry under File, Preferences.

If you have an earlier version, hold down shift while starting the program.
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by:scottcopus
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The FASTEST/EASIEST way to associate files with applications:
 1. LEFT-click on the .JPG once (to highlight it)
 2. Hold down SHIFT
 3. RIGHT-click on the .JPG file
 4. click "Open with..."
 5. Select Netscape from the application list.
 6. Check the "Always use this program to open this type of file"
 7. Click OK!

I have noticed this does not work sometimes.  If it doesn't work, you'll probably have to look in your C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI and make sure the file type you are concerned with is NOT in there.  (Look under the [Extensions] section).

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