Change Windows File Associations And Extensions Context Menu Options

Types is a utility which can be used as an alternative for Windows file association. In Windows, associating file types with the pre-installed application is easy, since you are prompted each time on running a new type of file. Types offers a much easier way to do it, it lists down all the application’s extensions under one window along with a great number of options to manipulate them in any way you like.

The application comes with a neat and minuscule interface. For the first time usage, it will start scanning all Windows native and installed applications’ extensions, this may take some time, which is subjected to the number of applications and plug-ins installed on your system. Once all the extensions are listed, you can pick out any one which is to be tweaked. From right-click menu, it allows you to rename extension and remove it permanently.

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Extension editor dialog has 4 tabs, each contains respective options. From Class, you can change the name, enable/disable linked class & change class name, and specify perceived type. Under Menu, it lets you change its menu options, for instance, a file extension associated with VLC can be changed as per requirements, you can change file association, add new options, remove existing ones, and change priority of extension’s right-click context menu options. It is must be noted that for adding a new option, you will have to correctly add the DDE parameters of newly created option.

The Icon tab refers only to changing the icon of selected extension, and from Other tab, extension visibility options can be changed.

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The most prominent feature among the list is Menu, which offers in-depth tweaking with extension’s right-click context menu. Did we mention that it has default Control Panel integration and feels like native OS component? It supports all versions of Windows, testing was carried out on Windows 7 x86 system.

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  • tim8w

    I would like to add a parameter to the association like we used to be able to do in XP. Can you does this with this utility?