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OPEN EXPLORER RATHER THAN
MY COMPUTER TO VIEW FILES
is a great tip!! One of the most useful
Have you created
drive icons for your hard drives and
drives on your desktop? (See: How to create shortcuts
desktop or Creating shortcuts for your drives).
If so, you may
wish that they opened in the two-paned Explorer
view, rather than in My Computer.
To change the
default view to Explorer:
1) Open Explorer
(from Start, Programs, Explorer,
you have created it, from the Explorer icon on your
the View, Options menu.
3) Select the
File Types tab.
4). Under registered file types, double click on
5) From the list
of actions, select explore.
on the SET DEFAULT button at bottom
Voila! Now when
you double click on a folder or open a
shortcut Explorer will open instead of My
OPEN ANY NEW DOCUMENT
FROM YOUR DESKTOP
associate files with programs)
Yes, we can
teach you how to edit your Windows
registry in order
to add any new document to your desktop - and in a future tip, we will!
But the easiest way to add any new document to your desktop, whether
or not it is listed in your NEW menu is to simply:
click on your desktop and choose NEW.
2) Choose TEXT document (assuming it is listed there, and
with Notepad or the equivalent). Otherwise, choose any kind of
document included in your NEW menu.
3) Retype the name by clicking inside the name box and typing
by right clicking the icon, selecting RENAME, the typing. Type in
a document name, and the extension for the kind of document you
wish to open (e.g. .doc for Microsoft Word).
NOTE: The above
tip assumes that you have associated
with a particular program on your computer. If not:
MY COMPUTER, select view, options,
then the FILE
2) Choose NEW TYPE.
3) In the DESCRIPTION box, type a name for the kind of document
or file you are associating (e.g. Adobe Acrobat file)
4) In the
ASSOCIATED EXTENSION field, type the extension
the kind of file in question (e.g. .pdf).
the ACTIONS field, choose NEW.
6) Type OPEN (in
7) Using the BROWSE button, browse to find the executable
(usually ending with .exe, in the primary directory
for the program)
of the software which will open this particular file type. Select it.
ok or close
exited all your open screens.
9) Now your document type is associated. When you type in the
extension on a file you create from the desktop and then double
click on the icon,
Windows will open its program.
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