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Open Any File Allows you to Open Any File with a "Default Program" in Windows™ 95/98/NT

( There's a DOWNLOAD link near the bottom of this page...)

Have you ever been browsing through some folder in the Windows (File) Explorer, spotted a file with a strange name and wanted to see what was in it?
Or perhaps you were told to change or add an entry to a file which has NO file extension and wished you could just click on it?

If you do happen to click on an un-associated file for any reason, you're presented with this rather annoying "Open With" window...

Then you have to scroll all the way down to "Notepad" or some other kind of editing program ( if it's even listed here!), click on that and finally click on OK just to see the file.

( Not to mention having to decide about unchecking or leaving checked the "Always use this program..." checkbox.)

( Imagine how upset you'd be if you had to do this same procedure for dozens of files!!)

... and if you right-click on a file, you might not have a reasonable choice there either !

Using the Open Any File method
(a FREE program)

gives you a much better solution:

If you want to modify the Registry yourself...
Change the "Default program" to another editor...
Or, simply wish to know all the details...

Here are the keys that Open Any File
will add to your Registry:

If you're quite familiar with The Windows™ 95/NT Registry Editor, then
you can make the following changes yourself; skipping the install process.
You'll also find instructions here for changing the "default" editor.

    If you do NOT want to use Notepad, then change the name in the key above from "&Notepad" to whatever you want to see on your right-click menu. [ The &-sign underlines the next letter as displayed on the right-click menu ( " N " in this case) to give you keyboard access to the command.] Then modify the PATH if necessary and change notepad.exe in the command key (shown below) to point to your application instead.
[ Note: Although Win NT installs of Open Any File will have a path of "C:\WINNT\System32\notepad.exe," the executable name alone is acceptable since Notepad is always "in the Path" for Win95/98 or NT.]
( Leave the " %1 " just as you see it below; unless you know for sure that your new program requires something else on this command line.)

    Even though you might expect a shell command listed under the "*" key to take priority over any other commands, it does not. It is, however, placed as an item on the right-click menu, making it available for you to use on any file! (This gives us our "default editor.")

    Regarding any un-associated files, this new shell command under the "*" key does take precedence, for some reason, over the "openas" command ( "Open With") listed under the "Unknown" key (shown below). And this is why all unassociated files are now opened by Notepad rather than the "Open With" dialog box.

Open Any File makes NO changes to the "Open With" dialog keys:

  Open Any File  
  [ 38 kb .zip]   (06 OCT 99)
( With .INF file for Quick Uninstall entry from "Add/Remove Programs" Control Panel )

The .REG file all by itself for those who know how to use it:
OAF99.REG as Text File

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