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File Association Quirk

by timwerx / September 1, 2004 8:42 PM PDT

I recently installed the Mozilla Firefox browser in two PCs, both with XP. On one, Firefox automatically changed the HTM file association from IE to it, with HTM files on my hard drive carrying the Firefox icon and opening in Firefox when clicked. I would like the second PC to do the same, but it will not. I even went into file types and changed the association manually. However, HTM files still carry the IE file icon and now will not open at all when clicked.

Any ideas as to how I can remedy this?

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Re: File Association Quirk
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2004 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: File Association Quirk

Two ideas.

1. Look up IEFIX on and see if that fixes it.

2. It's unclear if you tried a Shift-right-click Open With and associated the file with what application you wanted.


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Re: File Association Quirk
by timwerx / September 2, 2004 10:27 AM PDT

1. I don't want to put IE back to the default browser -- that is easy to do. I just want to make Firefox the default, which it is except for the file association problem. I want HTM files to open in Firefox when clicked.

2. Yes, I checked the right click > Properties. As far as settings go, all is as it should be. It just doesn't work yet.

Thanks for your help.

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If it was me...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 2, 2004 10:37 AM PDT

I'd run IEFIX and associate the HTM again afterwards. You may be passing up on an easy fix.

Best of luck,


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Re: If it was me...
by timwerx / September 2, 2004 11:20 AM PDT
In reply to: If it was me...

Okeydoke. I'll give it a try.

Thanks again.

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