This article was previously published under Q141275
Windows associates file types with specific programs. When you double-click a file the associated program is notified to open the file. Thisarticle describes how to open a file with a program other than theassociated program.
To open a file with a program other than the associated program, useeither of the following methods:
In Windows Explorer, Windows NT Explorer, or My Computer, click the file you want to open.
Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you use the right mouse button to click the file, and then click Open With on the menu that appears.
Click the program you want to use to open the file, and then click OK.
NOTE: If you click to select the "Always use this program to open thistype of file" check box before you click OK, the association for the fileis changed to the new program you select. Select this check box only ifyou want to change the default association for the file type.
Create a shortcut to the program you want to use in the Windows\SendTofolder. This lets you click the file with the right mouse button, clickSend To, and then click the program you want to use to open the file.For additional information about adding items to the SendTo folder,please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 141017 TITLE : How to Add Items to the "Send To" List
For additional information about associating file types with programs,click the Start button, click Help, type "associating, file types withprograms" on the Index tab, click Display, and view a topic.