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File format

by helsley / September 7, 2006 10:53 PM PDT

I have a couple of audio files that are in the file format : FILE When I play them, the dialog box about Open With : and the list of softwares on my pc shows up. Now I can play the files using any media player, but the box where I can tick for Always use the selected program ... is greyed out. So now, I can't include these files in any playlists, I can't convert it to regular formats because most of the music converters don't accept the "FILE" format. Can anyone elaborate on these type of files and help with the conversion ? Thank you in advance.

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You can add that .FILE extension
by TONI H / September 7, 2006 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: File format

to the list of file types that will open with whatever audio player you choose, by going into Tools/Folder Options/File Types in Windows Explorer. You can get an idea of the various things to do when you click NEW by looking at other file type extensions relating to audio (such as .wav or .mp3) so you can fill in the appropriate boxes correctly and using the browse button to choose the player you want when you get to that particular area of choices via the windows you will get as you fill things in.

Once you get it set up for that new .FILE extension type, that program will automatically open up the next time you click on a .FILE type file.

TONI

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It doesn't have an extension
by ChuckT / September 8, 2006 3:51 PM PDT
In reply to: File format

You see FILE because there is no file extension there.
That is also why there is no program associated with it.
Just make a guess as to what you think the extension might be (.wav or .mp3 come to mind) and see if they then open as you would expect, with whatever program you have associated with that file type.

Or, you could open the file with something like WordPad, just to read the first hundred, or so, bytes. Generally the file type, or some abbreviation or clue, will reside in those first few bytes. Once you know what that might be, just put the suspected file type on the file name, as an extension.

Good luck.

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So simple.
by helsley / September 8, 2006 11:45 PM PDT

Well that worked. Just gave them all a .mp3 extension and they work fine. Thank you.

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