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How can I format a shortcut to a WMA file to have it open in program X, when the default for the file type is program Y? Can I play with the 'Target' and 'Start in' fields?
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You'd need to create a shortcut to program X with the WMV file as a parameter, if, that is, program X will support command line calls.  If not, you'll want to open Windows Explorer, go to Tools > Folder Options > File Types > find WMV > click on Advanced > New.  This will allow you to add another program to the context (right click) menu for WMV files.
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How do I create a shortcut to program X with the WMA file as a parameter?
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Here's an example using Windows Media Player.  Obviously this is the default, but you'd use the same procedure for any other program:

Right click > New > Shortcut > type "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" > Enter a name for the shortcut

Then, right click on the newly created shortcut > Properties, and in the Target box, after the existing content that points to program X, add the location and name of your WMV file.  So, for wmplayer, the target box would now read

"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" C:\Documents and Settings\User\Desktop\rad_video.wmv

Give that a go.
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I figured it out. Thanks.
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