How do I add programs to the "open with" program selection list?

Posted on 2006-06-15
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Some basic apps are missing when right clicking a file and choosing the Open With command.  Specifically, Microsoft Power Point and Adobe Reader.  Is there a way to manually add apps to the program selection list?
Question by:mossyback
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xpsavy earned 250 total points
ID: 16910282
Hi mossyback

open with > choose a program > browse > select the path of the program ( mostly it will be c:\program files)
when you open once the next time the program will be there on the list

all the best
Rupesh Krishna

Expert Comment

ID: 16910383
There's a little utility you can use to do this here:


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