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Opening files

by Bill McKenzie / July 3, 2009 3:50 PM PDT

Sometimes when I choose 'open with' to open a file and it's not shown on the list, I have to click 'browse'.. I then locate the program I want, click 'open'
and all the folders within that program are shown. How do I get to add the program to the list?
Vista Home Premium
XP 3

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In the "Open With" window . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 3, 2009 10:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Opening files

is there a box to check to use this every time, or something like that?

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by Bill McKenzie / July 4, 2009 9:28 AM PDT

I don't understand your question. Can I attach screenshots?

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Sorry, but it seems ...
by Kees Bakker / July 4, 2009 8:29 PM PDT
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we don't understand your question.

What are 'folders in a program'? And why do you want to put the program in the list if you can set it as default the way Wayne indicated?


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To be specific
by Bill McKenzie / July 5, 2009 9:04 AM PDT

I wanted to open a file with a .php extension. I clicked it to open and was told Windows couldn't open it. Knowing that it is a Microsoft Home Publishing file, I then right-clicked and chose 'open with'. MS Home Publishing was not on the list of programs shown, so I chose 'browse' to find it. This opens 'Program Files', and I select MS Home Publishing, which subsequently displays for folders within that file. Selecting any one of those just opens up more sub folders and I can't figure out how to add that program to the list in order to open the file.
Hope that's what you need to know.

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Find the .exe (executable) file...
by Paul C / July 5, 2009 9:11 AM PDT
In reply to: To be specific

...that starts Microsoft Home Publishing, highlight it and select it.

Go to for a quick overview on for to associate a file with a program. This page was written for Windows XP, but it'll also work in Vista.

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There should be an executable . . .
by Coryphaeus / July 5, 2009 9:11 AM PDT
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in that Microsoft Home Publishing folder. You'll need to find it. Same with many programs, the executable is buried. How do you open Publishing? Do a Properties on the Start menu shortcut, this should point to the executable.

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Usually ...
by Kees Bakker / July 6, 2009 6:53 AM PDT
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a php-file is opened with Notepad, an editor in a dedicated development environment or anything in between. php = PHP Hypertext Processor, and a tool (or language) to develop web applications. doesn't mention MS Home Publishing. Are you very sure?

As said above, find the exe. The shortcut you usually use to run the program tells you the exact name and location. But I doubt if it's what you need.


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