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Knowlege Base article: 114

Category: General

Summary: Associating files (Excel, Word and others) with Ability applications

Windows allows one (and only one) program to be the default for any particular file type. For example, .doc is often associated with Microsoft Word, .aww Ability Write. You can choose which program opens what files types (and also remove any unwanted associations). This affects opening attachments in email and opening files using Explorer.

If you want to use Ability to open Microsoft documents, you can change the association for the following file types:

File ExtensionMicrosoftAbility
DOC or DOCXWordWrite
XLS or XLSXExcelSpreadsheet
MDBAccessDatabase
PPT or PPTXPowerpointPresentation

Changing the setting depends on what version of Windows you are running.

Windows 7

  1. Select Start and then Default programs

  2. Select Associate a file type or protocol with a program
  3. Match a file type with one of the Ability programs.

For more details program defaults, see the Microsoft site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Change-which-programs-Windows-uses-by-default.

Windows Vista

  1. Start the Ability application you want to associate a file type with
  2. Create a new file - a few words is enough
  3. Select File/Save As and save the file in the format you want to associate with Ability (e.g. DOC for Write or XLS for Spreadsheet)
  4. Close the Ability application
  5. Select Start/Documents
  6. Right-click over the new file you have created and select Open with or Open if you cannot see Open with
  7. Choose the appropriate Ability application and ensure "Always use selected program" is checked.

Windows XP

  1. Select Start/My Computer
  2. Select Tools/Folder Options
  3. Select the File Types tab
  4. Find the file type you want and click Delete
  5. The next time you open that particular file type (double-click in Windows Explorer or double-click in your email client) you'll be prompted to select a program - just pick the application you want and check the "Always use this program..." box.

Windows 98

  1. Select Start/Programs/Windows Explorer
  2. Select View/Folder Options
  3. Select the File Types tab
  4. Find the file type you want and click Remove
  5. The next time you open that particular file type (double-click in Windows Explorer or double-click in your email client) you'll be prompted to select a program - just pick the application you want and check the "Always use this program..." box.

You can use the above method to remove an unwanted association - for example, if you've accidently associated PDF with Ability (which can create PDF files but cannot read them).