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How to change association of file attachment in Outlook Express

by Chele / February 11, 2004 12:11 AM PST

How do I change a file association in an email attachment in OE. When I click on an attachemnt that I receive it automatically launches a program to view it. I would like to use another program. How do I do this? Thanks

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Re:How to change association of file attachment in Outlook Express
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2004 12:18 AM PST

"How to change association of file attachment in Outlook Express"

If I take this question literally, then I know of no solution.

If I did want another program to launch, I would first save the attachment, then in explorer or desktop, do the Right Click, OPEN WITH and select a new default application. OE (here at least) now uses the new application.


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creat an association using the folder in control panel
by jlev1 / August 6, 2011 12:36 AM PDT

I tried your right click answer but ther is NO 'open with' only 'open'! I am using Xp and OE^

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 10:03 PM PDT

When I right click the attachment file in my email software, I see a "Save as" option.

I then save the attachment to my Desktop, it's an easy place to find it later. Then I either open the file from there by double clicking, or if my Windows doesn't recognise what type of file it is I right click, select "Open with" then browse to the application I need.

If I don't have the right application for that type of file then I reconsider whether I need the file or not and if so, I get that application.

It's standard procedure in XP so if that right click > "Open with" option isn't there on your system it seems there is some damage somewhere.

Don't forget that clue. Save the attachment file first before opening it.


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