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How to show hidden files and folders in Windows 7 and How to change the file type association

File Type icons

How to enable visible hidden files and folders in Windows 7

If you have a need for displaying Hidden Folders  or files and do not know how, follow this instructions.
Click on the Start Menu and in the Search field, type Folder Options. With a click on the displayed search found  > Folder Options , you will open folder options window.

Start Folder Options

In the folder options window, click on the View tab, turn on Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Folder Options show hidden files and folders

Click on the OK button and now visible in Windows Explorer have hidden files and folders, which are icons of folders somewhat paler color, but anyway you can see them and access them.

 How to change the file type association of a program

Change the extension of the file association to open a certain program If you have trouble opening certain files because Windows can not find a program that should be used to open the relevant file, or if you have certain file extensions that open with wrong program, eg: PDF opens in Word, then you need to change the default (standard)  association of the program to open , provided of course that you have installed a program that will open the file in question. Also I want to explain you that if you can not see file type on your file ( if this is text document, it will be with this form – NameOfFile.txt ), if you can not see .txt extension you can make it visible on this way, open folder option as describe in previous section, and click on View tab , uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.

Folder Options View Hide extensions

Change the extension of the file association to open a certain program

If you have problems with the default settings and associations in Windows 7 then
first aid can do the following. If you say troughs Windows Explorer., right click  (right mouse button) on the file and choose the program or find another:

Open WIth FIle Type

Another way is:

Open Windows Explorer (or double-click on the My Documents), locate your file. Of course it is necessary to know which program to use to open the file in question. So for example: for. PDF files requires software that can read them (Acrobat Reader, Foxit Reader, etc..). In this example, I made a text file in Notepad, and I know that this TXT file that can be opened in Notepad or WordPad:

Righy Click Open

So the next window will show option – Select a program from a list  for finding programs:

Select a program from list

In the new window, find a program that will open the file in question. If you are sure that you will find a program that successfully open the file in question with the respective extensions (extension), then turn on the option “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.” If you choose the correct program will open the respective program and load the file in question.

Always use this program

Of course there another method that is little more advanced, procedure is this:

Click on the start button and in the search field type file type, then in then suggested option click on Make a File type always open in a specific program

Make File type always open in specific program

Then on the next window will show Set Associations window, where you must find desired file type  ( let say .JPG, or .TXT ), highlight them, and click Change Program:

Associate file type with program

In the next windows you must select program that can open selected file type, to put association on it, and to set permanent program open option for that file type.

Always use this program to open file

Click OK, and on the next window click Close, and you will open selected file type with program that you selected.That’s it, hope this will help you to resolve this kind of issue.

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