Windows 2000 (and no doubt XP) has this funtionality built in. If you double click a file it will open the file with the program associated with the icon representing it. If you right click the file and select "Open with" you will have a choice of programs that have this extension registered as well as a "Choose Program" option which brings up a list of programs registered as "installed" on your PC.
Alfonso Baz ----- Original Message ----- From: "Edi Im Hof" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 12:40 AM Subject: Re: [PEDA] Warning to DXP Users re P99SE files > At 11:16 19.09.02 -0400, you wrote: > >some programs give you a choice after installation , in the form of a dialog > >box asking you IF you want file type .xxx to be associated with this program > >. IF you click yes, then windows will remember that file type as being > >associated with the new program, if you click no, that file type will remain > >associated with whatever program it was before. > > There is a nice utility which deals with such problems in a pretty good > way. Unfortunately, it's in german only. > > http://www.mbalz.de/prg/dateitypordner/ > > Basically, it's a small database with extensions and programs, which can be > linked. It's also possible to link one extension to more than one program. > For example, I linked the extensions PCB and SCH to Protel 98 and 99SE > which a preference to 99SE. If I double click on a PCB-file, 99SE will open > it. If I do a right click on it, the first two entries on the popup menu > will show PROTEL 99SE and PROTEL 98. Then I have the choice. > > With a single click on a button, I can re-associate the extension after a > installer has grabbes all extension it likes (writes the database to the > registry). > > A great tool, and freeware too. > > Edi Im Hof > > > >Matt Tudor , MSEE > >http://www.gigahertzelectronics.com > > > >----- Original Message ----- > >From: "Wojciech Oborski" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > >To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > >Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2002 3:22 AM > >Subject: Re: [PEDA] Warning to DXP Users re P99SE files > > > > > > > JaMi Smith wrote: > > > > > > <snip> > > > > DXP opened the file instead of Protel 99 SE ! > > > <snip> > > > > Altium, care to weigh in on this one? > > > <snip> > > > > > > > > > File extensions assotiation is a Windows thing, not Protel! > > > > > > ICAP/IV (Intusoft's simulation software) we use, has *.dwg extension > > > for it's drawings (schematics), which is also well known extension for > > > Autocad drawings. > > > *.sch extension is used by Protel, our old OrCAD SDT and possibly many > > > other EDA tool I do not use. > > > Others could give you many more examples, for sure. > > > > > > How do you think Protel/Altium could manage this? > > > > > > Please, do not blame Altium for every possible problem or difficulty > > > happening in your professional activity - maybe it's just my personal > > > impression, but it's some of your recent posts that made that impression. > > > > > > Wojciech Oborski > > > > ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ > + IH electronic + Phone: ++41 52 320 90 00 + > + Edi Im Hof + Fax: ++41 52 320 90 04 + > + Doernlerstrasse 1, Sulz + URL: http://www.ihe.ch + > + CH-8544 Rickenbach-Attikon + E-Mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] + > + Switzerland + + > ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To post a message: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * To leave this list visit: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/leave.html * * Contact the list manager: * mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * Forum Guidelines Rules: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/forumrules.html * * Browse or Search previous postings: * http://email@example.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *