Associate File Types With Applications

by on January 30, 2008

Q: I recently backed up some files for a genealogy program onto a memory stick. I now have a new computer running Windows Vista and I have brought the files from the memory stick onto the new computers desktop but how do I make the application open the files?

A: From your question it sounds like you have the genealogy files on your desktop and the application installed but you are unable to open the files using the application. This means you need to open the file and associate it with the genealogy software. The directions below should assist you with that. I am going to give you the instructions in two parts because there are times that you will go through the first set of instructions and your program does not appear and if that is the case then you will need to continue on with my instructions.

Instruction set A:
1. Right-click on the file you want to open.

2. Select Open with and you should see a list of applications that you can use to open the file with.

3. If you double-click the file now it should launch using the application you selected.

If your genealogy program did not appear in the Open with window then continue on with Instruction Set B.

Instruction Set B:

1. Right-click on the file you want to open.

2. Select Open with.

3. Click the Browse button and then navigate to your genealogy software.

4. Highlight the software name and click Ok.

If these instructions do not fix the problem please let me know and include what operating system you are using. I tried to write general instructions to guide through this process with any operating system but knowing the specific operating system if this does not work would be very helpful.

Thank you.