"open with" boxes a pain!

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wolf34

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Hello, I sure hope you can help me! I got an email from my daughter with a picture file (paper clip) attached. It wouldn't open and I got the box pop-up that says "open with". I forgot to uncheck the box at the bottom that says "use this to open all files of this type" or something like that. Anyway, it didn't open it and now every file she sends me is in that format I put it in (quickview) and I don't know how to change it back, or what the file was she sent, because now it all turns into quickview and I can't open it either! Please tell me how to get to this box and change it back!
 

Bryan

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It's easy to reassociate the file type to the correct program to "Open With" but first you need to figure out what you need to use to correctly open the attached file.

Right click on one of the files and select Properties. What does it say next to "MSDos Name"?
 
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Bryan,
There is also a reg tweek that removes the check mark from the "Open With" box. It might be useful in helping to prevent this in the future. The only problem is, I forgot what it was.
 

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John, the problem I've experienced with that tweak is, if you have a file type that's completely new to your system, when you select the "Always open.." box, it doesn't automatically create the file association for you. You've got to add it manually and that's not something most people would be comfortable with. Unless there's a way that I'm not aware of to fix that problem, I don't recommend that tweak.

Anyway, here it is if your interested in testing it. You'd edit this key and remove the %1 from the end to remove the default check in "Always open..."

HKEY_Classes_Root\unknown\shell\openas\command

This is how it looks by default

C:\WINDOWS\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1

And this is the way you'd want it to look if you want to remove the default check mark

C:\WINDOWS\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL
 
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