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    Open With - Add Program
    How to Add a Program to "Open With" in Vista and Windows 7
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    01 Feb 2008
    Open With - Add Program

    How to Add a Program to "Open With" in Vista and Windows 7

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    When you right click on a file and click Open With, a list of registered programs are displayed in the Open With window to choose from. This will show you how to register a program so that it will be added to the Open With list.

    EXAMPLE: Open With Context Menu
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    EXAMPLE: Open With window
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    METHOD ONE

    Add to "Open With" Manually

    NOTE: This will not always register the program and add it to the Open With window for next time.



    METHOD TWO

    Add to "Open With" Using a Program

    NOTE: The program OpenWithAdd can be helpful in circumstances when you manually add a program and it does not get added to the Open With window. OpenWithAdd will register the program and add it to Open With a lot easier.
    WRITTEN BY: Ramesh Srinivasan
    1. Go to: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openwithadd.htm

    2. Click on the OpenWithAdd.zip download link at the link above to download the file.

    3. Save it to your Desktop and extract the two files OpenWithAdd.exe and readme.txt.
    NOTE: OpenWithAdd.exe is stand-alone exe file and does not need to be installed. You can move this file to where you want and create a shortcut for it.

    4. Click on OpenWithAdd.exe to open the program.

    5. Type in the full path of the exe file of the program you want to add to Open With, or click the browse (...) button. (See screenshot below)
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    6. If you clicked browse (...), then navigate to the exe file of the program you want to add to Open With. (See screenshot below)
    A) Click on Select.
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    7. Click on Register. (See screenshot below)
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    8. It is now added. (See screenshot below)
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    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: Open With - Add Program

    You rock. I've been looking for a fix for this for weeks and yours is the easiest way. Others had me playing with the registry. thanks

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    You're welcome Wildflower, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    All credit belongs to Ramesh though for writing the program.

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    Thanks for the heads up, but I would have never found it if it wasn't for you.

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    Re: Open With - Add Program

    I use a similar facility from Free programs to open any file extension! - that works very well too. But it never hurts to have options. The nice feature I found with that one is that it will propose downloads for a suitable program in case you have none fitting on your system.
    Update: This is an example of the window shown after I right click on a word file and go to "open with":


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    This "OpenWith" program looks pretty simple to use......right up my alley! Thanks! And I really appreciate the people who attach pictures to explain how to use programs. Really helps me.

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    THANK YOU!!

    I registered just so I c ould say that! I usually hafta spend a lot more time on stupid simple fixes, but your post did it for me!


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    You're most welcome Geekophelia, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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    Re: Open With - Add Program

    how do you remove entries added by this program?

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    Re: Open With - Add Program

    Hello Klexur, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    You can use the program in the tutorial below to remove it.

    Open with - Clean Up and Remove Programs - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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