locked access icon gone or changed need it back

weird problem.

How do i get back the icon thats an access file open and the locked icon...
mine now looks like a textpad icon ?

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I assume you're referring to the file association.

Try right-clicking on one of the Access files you were referring to (the one with the Textpad icon), then select Open With, then select MS Access and ensure that the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box (bottom left of the form) is selected before clicking OK.


Click on the Start button and choose Run. Type in the run command box "msaccess /regserver" without the quotes then hit Enter. The Microsoft Access application will start and associate all appropriate database file types with it.


Likewise you can reset the file association for MS Access in the default program.  Here is how: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2630-default-programs-set-programs-default-associations.html

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It's odd that the Access Icons would CHANGE from the expected ones to the generic text file icons.  In addition to the above comment, I would check the file extensions to verify that they didn't inadvertently get changed from .accdb etcetera to something else (the default file association is based on the file extension).

... and if nothing in this thread helps, try repairing your Office installation.
FordraidersAuthor Commented:
You're welcome and glad to be a help.  Cheers!
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