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File Extensions, Registered Viewers, Changing File Associations

Finding Free Viewers to Open Files

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Now that you know what file extensions are and how to change file associations here are some tips to deal with files.

Pictures and Graphics That You Can't Open
What if you get a file in email that you don't have a program to open it with? This happens often with pictures. Someone will send you a picture from their Kodak picture CD or in a photo editor's default extention and you don't have the same program to open it with. This is where a fantastic free program comes in. The program is called Irfanview. It is a free download and it will open almost any picture file format!

Opening Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word and other files.
Some people seem to think that everyone has Microsoft Office. Even if someone has Microsoft Office, if the version is different, you might not be able to open that file. Microsoft has come up with a solution. Here are free viewers and file converters for popular Microsoft Office products:

Unrecognized File Extensions
If you have a file that you can't figure out how to open be sure to check out this fantastic list of file extensions. It will tell you what kind of file it is and the program that created it.

If You Can't Open the File - Complain
If you get a file and you can't open it and you don't want to buy the program, write back and complain! Ask the sender to put it in a generic file format such as:

Pictures: jpg, jpeg, bmp, gif
Text: rtf, txt
Zipped Format: zip
Video: avi
Audio: wav, mp3

Files In Email To Be Wary Off
If you get an EXE file (an executable program) in an email, you will want to think twice before opening it. EXE files are at highest risk to contain viruses.

Page 1 - Understanding File Extensions and Registered Viewers
Page 2 - Changing File Associations
Page 3 - Opening Files With Free Viewers When You Don't Have A Program For the File

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