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Setting an application as Default for certain file types

Posted on 2003-03-27
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
Would like to open certain file types mapped to my application so that double clicking on them will cause them to be opened in my application.
I was partially succesfull by making a entry in the Registry:
"HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.html\shell\open\command" where I had specified my applications path.

But when the user changes the default to some other application like IE and sets the option "Always Open With", then the above settings are over rided. Hope to find a quick response :))


Question by:RAVID
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If user changed file associations there is nothing to do with this. CWinApp::RegisterShellFileTypes functions makes these associations, but it doesn't overwrite existing information:

If the registration database already associates a given filename extension with another file type, no new association is created (MSDN).

You can make necessary changes in Registry every time program is loaded (using Registry API), but I think this will not be user-friendly (Microsoft Word style: I know what you want better than you).
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in XP its control panel -> folder options -> File Types tab -> Add button.

type in the filename extension ie: A97
click ok. select the installed apllication to associate the file with from the list or use the browse button to find it. association should be immediate, no need to reboot.


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