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How to Change File Associations in WM 6.1

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By gmgonzal, Senior Member on 31st October 2008, 03:15 AM
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I recently upgraded my Acrobat Reader without uninstalling the former version. Everything worked fine. Then I uninstalled the old version and it seems to have taken the file association for PDFs along with it. While looking for a solution, I found a lot of complicated schemes to modify the registry (no thanks), install a tweak program and do it from there (better, but why complicate things), etc. But it was actually quite simple. So for anyone who's in a similar predicament...

Here's how to set a file association in WM 6.1:

1. Open File Explorer and find a file of the type you want to associate to an app.
2. Hold down the stylus on the file name for a couple seconds (til you get the context menu) and choose "Open with program..."
3. Choose a program from the list on the top part of the resulting window, then check the box labeled "Associate selected Program with this file type."
4. Hit Open.
5. You may get a message to overwrite current association if there was a previous app associated with the file type, chances are you'll want to go ahead and overwrite so it will remember the association you prefer.

You're done!

This works great if you want to open some multimedia files with one program and others with a different program. For instance, I couldn't get Media Player to open my .AVI files, but it was the default association, now I set .AVIs to TCPMP and all is working great! ( I know TCPMP is one of the few programs that lets you set the association, this is just an example - and it was actually easier doing it as described above!)
31st October 2008, 01:13 PM |#2  
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Question That menu option's not there
I've got 6.1, but "open with program" is not a choice that pops up. I looked under properties, and it's not there either. Are you using a 3rd party file explorer?
31st October 2008, 03:59 PM |#3  
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You need File Explorer Extension, here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...=file+explorer
31st October 2008, 04:58 PM |#4  
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Nice!
Thanks for the tip!

I have a several different media players, and this is just what I needed to choose which program opens what file type.

Thanks again!
5th December 2008, 12:19 PM |#5  
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Thanks guys, really good software that complement very well the unfinished software of Microsoft..
24th January 2009, 08:09 PM |#6  
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Thumbs up Great for removing the "DocsToGo" association!
I was really getting sick of being unable to open email attachments because I didn't choose to shell out for the DocsToGo bloatware on my AT&T Fuze. Great fix!

Thanks!!!!

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Question Thanks for the software but there is a problem
The file explorer is amazing. But I am facing a problem. I have an HTC Touch 3G running windows mobile 6.1. When I use this file explorer to change the file association, it successfully changes. However, the icon of the program it is associated with doesn't appear on the left of the file name. Only the windows icon appears to the left of the file name. However whenever I click on the file, it does open with the required software/player. But because the icon of the file type it is associated with does not display, it becomes slightly confusing for me to make out with which software will it open.

Thanking you in anticipation for the help!!
14th August 2009, 08:07 PM |#8  
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thanks a lot
FExplorer ext is a gr8 tool. It solved my file association problem for .jpg files.
Thank a lot again.
13th October 2009, 02:17 AM |#9  
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I tried to install FEE on my WM6.1 smartphone (non touchscreen) but it gives an error and won't install saying it's not designed for my device.

Has anyone found a way to install it, or found a similar free product to change file extensions?
13th October 2009, 03:53 AM |#10  
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Quote:

I tried to install FEE on my WM6.1 smartphone (non touchscreen) but it gives an error and won't install saying it's not designed for my device.

Has anyone found a way to install it, or found a similar free product to change file extensions?

Schap's Advanced Config can also change file associations, as can Total Commander.
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Originally Posted by DaveTheTytnIIGuy

Schap's Advanced Config can also change file associations, as can Total Commander.

Thanks, I'll have a look at those.
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