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File Type Manager: Add Or Edit Default File Type Actions & Remove Property Sheet Entries

A while back, we covered an an extremely useful application called ContextEdit that lets you edit right-click context menu of any selected file type. The application has the ability to read all registered file extensions from Windows registry to let you easily modify default actions, such as open, open with, print etc. Today, we came across another similar Windows utility called File Type Manager, which allows you to not only modify the default context menu entries of the selected file type, but also to register new file actions as well as edit default/existing actions. Using the application, you can, for instance, associate text files including .txt, .log, .csv etc., with MS Word or other text processing applications. It even lets you remove unnecessary property sheet entries of all file types. For example, if you want to disintegrate a third-party application’s tab/options from file’s property sheet, just select All Files from the list, expand Shell Extensions >PropertySheetHandlers, and delete the superfluous entries. Read past the jump for more details regarding the usage and a few screenshots.

For the first time usage, the application automatically reads all the registered file type entries (file extensions) from Windows registry and compiles a list. You can Add, Remove and Edit any file type via the related options, present at the right side of the application window. If you want to associate the Print action of all text documents (that is, with file extensions DIC, EXC, LOG, SCP, TXT, WTX) with third-party PDF printer, find the Text Document group from the list, select Actions and click Edit.

File Type Manager

What you’ve got to do next is specify the source path of PDF printer application in Command input field and click OK. Once you’re done, it will open specified PDF Printer when you select Print from text file’s extended right click context menu.

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Likewise you can enter a new custom entry. Click Add to open the Add dialog box from where you can specify File Type, File Extension, Action and Shell Extension. Please note that if you want to add an Action, choose required action name from the Name drop-down menu, enter command and select the file type association.


Albeit the application’s primitive design, it has a lot to offer if you know what you’re doing. It’s not aimed at the novice users of course, and whatever changing you make, move with precaution as the settings are non-revertible without manually bringing back the changes made. The application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported.

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