THE Microsoft wants to simplify some things in your operating system and as such it has facilitated changes to file associations. That said, it added a new search feature that allows you to quickly find the extension you want to modify. But how does the new Windows 10 file association system work?
Windows 10 will make file association much easier
When a program is installed on Windows, it is configured as the default application to open certain types of files. For example, Word associates with .docx files, Excel with .xlsx and VLC Media Player with mp4 files.
This allows a user to double click on a file and have the appropriate program to start and open the file.
Sometimes, however, we may want a different program to be associated with a given extension. This is because we prefer another app to deal with them.
Windows allows you to change file associations by going to Settings> Applications> Standard applications and choosing at the bottom the option titled "Choose standard applications by file type".
This takes us to a screen that lists all the extensions configured on the computer and the program associated with them. That's where we choose what opens what.
The problem is that Windows usually has hundreds of extensions configured. For this reason, it can be annoying to go through them all to find the specific extension you want to change.
To make it easier, Microsoft is developing a new search feature for this settings screen that allows you to quickly search for a specific extension you want to change.
That said, if you want to change the default program for a specific extension, instead of going through the entire list, just type in the name of the extension and the specific association will be revealed.
This feature is currently under development in Windows 10 Insider builds and will not be available until at least autumn 2020.
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