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File Opening With Wrong Program

INTRODUCTION

Sometimes you may find that your files are opening with the wrong program, e.g. a Word document opening with PDF reader. This guide will show you how you can fix that.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

You must have the program you want to open with installed.

WHAT YOU MAY NEED & OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

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Step One

Locate a document you know is opening with the wrong program.

Step Two

Right click on the document and select “Properties”.

Step Three

Verify it’s definitely the wrong program by checking the file extension/type of file.

If you are unsure, here are some common ones:

Word = .docx

Excel = .xslx

PDF = .pdf

Powerpoint = .pptx

Web page/browser = .html

Here’s a list of Microsoft extensions:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Microsoft_Office_filename_extensions

If there are any others, you can run a quick Google search for them to confirm e.g. “Word file extension”.

Step Four

If the program is incorrect, you can simply select “Change…” and it will show you the most relevant programs to open this file with.

Step Five

Once you’ve selected your program, it will change it for all files with this extension.

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