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
>
>
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