How to Open a File with a Given Program

Your beloved videos in AVI format no longer open with VLC, but with an unknown program that you had carelessly installed a few days ago? Are your Word documents in the throes of Esperanto word processing software? Well it suits you, once you learn to listen to me!

How many times have I told you that when you install a new program you have to be careful where you click? One hundred? One thousand? I don't know either, but luckily I'm in a good mood today and I'll have you solved all these problems in five minutes. Maybe even less!

Courage: roll up your sleeves and find out now how to open a file with a given program thanks to the indications I'm about to give you. I will first suggest how to change the default program for entire file types and then how to open a single file (one-off) with a different software than the one currently set as default. Whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac, I assure you this is really a no-brainer. Happy reading and have fun!

Open a File with a Given Program on Windows

You want to find out how to open a file with a given program and use a PC equipped with the operating system Windows? Then read on: below you will find several solutions that will help you achieve your goal in a very simple way.

Change Default Program

As just mentioned, there are several ways you can take to change the default applications on Windows: choose the one that seems most comfortable to you and use it following the instructions I'm about to give you.

Properties Menu

If you want to change the program with which to open a certain type of file by default, right-click on any file of the type you want to associate with another program and select the item Property give the menu to compare your schermo.

In the window that opens, select the tab Generalclick on your button Change and choose, from the box that appears on the desktop, the application you want to use as the default to open the type of file you have selected.

If in the list of programs proposed by Windows the software of your interest is not present, click on the item Other apps and you will be shown a larger list of applications. If the program of your interest is not even present in the "stretched" list, click on the item Look for another app on this PC located at the bottom of the menu and use the File Explorer to choose the application you want to use to open the type of file you have selected.

To select one of the programs you have installed on your PC, go to the path Local disk (eg C :)> Programs> Program name (Or Local disk (eg C :)> Programs (x86)> Program name) and double-click the file .exe related to the program of your interest.

When completed, click on the buttons Apply e OK and the changes will be applied immediately.

Control Panel

The most recent versions of Windows (from 7 onwards) allow you to manage all predefined programs from a convenient control panel screen.

It was used Windows 10, you can manage the default applications by clicking on the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen), by accessing the menu Settings (the'gear icon located on the left side of the menu that opens) and clicking on the icon App in the window that opens.

At this point, select the voice Predefined app from the left sidebar and choose the default apps you intend to use for E-mail, Map, Music player, Photo viewer, Video player etc. using the appropriate drop-down menus.

If you want to set the default programs to use for specific file types (so for specific file extensions), click on the item Choose default apps by file type and, in the next screen, identify the type of file for which you intend to change the default application.

Now, expand the drop-down menu that is next to the extension of your interest, choose the program you want to associate with it and that's it.

If you are using a version of Windows earlier than 10, for example Windows 7, you can manage the predefined programs by clicking on the button Start (the flag icon located in the lower left corner of the screen) and accessing the Control Panel. If you don't know how to access the Control Panel, search for "control panel" in the Start menu and click on the first search result.

In the window that opens, click on the icon Programs i went his Default Programs> Set Default Programs to view the list of all the main software installed on the PC. Then select a program you want to make default and click on the button Set this program as the default: in this way, the program you select will become the default software to open all file types it supports (eg videos and music for Windows Media Player).

To associate a program only with a certain type of file, click on the item Choose the default values ​​for this program , select the extensions for which you want to change the default program and click on the button Save which is located at the top right. Easier than that ?!

Open a File with Another Program

If you don't want to change the default program with which to open a certain type of file, but you want to open a single file with a software other than the one currently set as default, right-click on it, select the item Open with from the context menu and choose one of the proposed programs.

If in the Windows list there is no program you intend to use to open your file, select the item Choose another app from the menu Open withi went his Other apps and select the software of your interest from the box that is displayed on the screen.

If the software of your interest is not even present in the box that is shown on the screen, scroll the latter up and down, click on the item Look for another app on this PC and select "manually" the executable with which to open the file you have selected.

If you want, you can also create a "special" link and have a certain file open automatically with software other than the one set as default. To do this, start the creation of a new shortcut (by right-clicking on an empty spot on the desktop or in the File Explorer and selecting the items New> Link from the menu that opens) and use the following formatting.

"percorso programma" "percorso file da aprire"

For example, to create a link to the file "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet 2.docx" located in the path " Mac Home Documents File example " and open it with LibreOffice Writer, you must use the following formatting .

"2: Program Files LibreOffice Program swriter.exe" "Mac \ Home Documents and Settings File example lorem ipsum carrots XNUMX.docx"

Open a File with a Given Program on Mac

I use a Poppy? No problem. Even macOS, the operating system of Apple computers, allows you to easily change the default application with which to open a certain type of file: below you will find everything explained in detail.

Change Default Application

If you want to change the default application with which to open a certain type of file on macOS, right click on any file of the type you want to associate with another program and select the item Get information from the menu that appears on the screen. Alternatively, if you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, click on the file and then press the key combination cmd+i on your Mac keyboard.

In the window that opens, expand the pane Open with, select the application you want to use by default to open the type of file you have selected from the drop-down menu below and first click on the button Edit all e poi quello Change.

If in the list of applications proposed by macOS there is no one you intend to use by default to open the type of file you have selected, choose the item Other from the menu Open with. Then, in the window that opens, select the icon Applications from the left sidebar (if needed), set the option All applications in the drop-down menu Attiva and choose the program of your interest.

When the operation is completed, click on the button Edit all, by your complaint Change And that's it. macOS will open the type of file you have selected with the program of your choice. Happy?

Open a File with Another Application

If you don't want to change the default application in which to open a certain file type, but want to open a single file using a program other than the default one, proceed as follows.

First, locate the file you want to open with a program other than the default one, right click on its icon and move the mouse pointer over the item Open with present in the menu that appears. Wait, therefore, a few seconds for the list of applications that are able to open the selected file to appear and choose the one you prefer.

If in the list of applications proposed by macOS the one you want to use is not present, select the item Other from the menu Open with, select the icon Applications from the sidebar of the window that opens (if necessary) and set the option All applications in the drop-down menu Attiva which is located at the bottom.

Finally, select the application with which you want to open the selected file, press the button apri And that's it. Did you see how easy it was to open a file with an application other than the default on macOS?