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.
|( 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 !
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,
you can make the following changes yourself; skipping the install process.
You'll also find instructions here for changing the "default" editor.
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
[ 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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