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File Associations

Posted by Matt Gerrans on January 20, 2002 at 5:23 PM

Oops -- I didn't notice the question in the subject and was wondering why you had added nothing to the text of the message.

Anyhow, depending upon your version of Windows, there will be a Folder Options menu choice either under the View or the Tools menu of Explorer. In the Folder Options dialog, there will be a tab for File Types. Annoyingly, the types are sorted by the descriptive name (which makes it hard to tell whether a particular file extension is already associated), so first go look at the file type in question in explorer and see if it has some description in its type other than "JAR File". If it does, that is what you want to find and change the the File Types list (if not, then you can just add a new association). YOu can also look up "file associations" in the Windows help and it will give you all the lowdown.


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