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Windows 98 & File Associations

In Windows, when a file type is unknown to the OS, and it is executed, Windows brings up a dialogue box asking which application you would like to use to open the file with.  

Contained within that dialogue box is a check box that will allow you to "Always use this program to open this file".  Checking this box will also open all files with a similar extension with the same application.

If you go through this process, and in the process select the wrong application, how can you undo it?
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greg1111
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greg1111
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larrypaloozaCommented:
In Windows Explorer you can click on VIEW in the title bar and click on OPTIONS.  There is a tab that reads File Types.  Click on that tab, that is where you can remove a file association.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
or, you can, while holding the shift key down, right click on the file you want to reassociate, and choose OPEN WITH, choose the application, and check the box.

bill
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DonBartholomewCommented:
Go to the startmenu, choose "Folder Option", then tabpage "File Types". Here you get an overview of all listed file associations. You can remove them and edit to your wishes by clicking on the buttons.
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greg1111Author Commented:
I understand how to use the File Types section of Windows.  

Unforunately, the change that the user made, does not appear in there.

For instance, let's say the user changed all unknown file types to open with Acrobat.  When I look at Acrobat's entry in File Types, I do not see the extension I wish to undo.
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jatcanCommented:
If you read oldgreyguy's comment you'll have your answer, make it open with something even notepad......
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greg1111Author Commented:
jatcan-

Thanks for suggesting that I should actually read what people post.  That's helpful.  

Unfortunately, the suggestion that oldgreyguy made, while it is a smart, and rarely documented technique, is something that I already know how to do.

If YOU read MY original post, you will learn that the example that I gave concerned reversing the association of multiple files.

What I want to know is, how to re-assocaiate multiple files at once, that exist in multiple directories.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
It is my understanding that if you choose, lets say a TXT extension and you check the box, then all TXT documents will be opened by the programs that you choose, not just the one file.

bill
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greg1111Author Commented:
That is my understanding as well.  

Now let's say, that all my TXT documents are being opened by an undersirable application.  How would I change ALL of my TXT files back to their original association, or lack there of?

Thanks.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
I would go to Windows Exposer, hilite one of the txt files, hold the shift key down, right click the file, go to open with, make sure the check is in the box, and choose the app .............. in the case of TXT files I would choose either NOTEPAD or WORDPAD.

OK and close, then to check it, again in Exposer, double click any TXT file and the chosen app should open

bill
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greg1111Author Commented:
cool.  thanks.
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rayt333Commented:
Is this now solved?? If so then you can accept the comment of the "expert" that helped solve it as the answer

If this is not yet solved to your satifaction then please give some feedback as to what you still need.
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