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Files on your computer are "associated" with programs that start automatically when you double-click a file. For example, text (.txt) files are typically associated with the Microsoft Notepad program. When you double-click a .txt file, Notepad starts automatically and the file is opened. It may be useful to open a file in a program other than its associated program. For example, you may want to open a .txt file in Microsoft Word for Windows (any version) to use its advanced text editing features. This article describes how to open a file without its associated program starting automatically.
To open a file without its associated program starting automatically: