SOLVED Hoping to solve "Open With" problem


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If I open a file (that looks like blank paper), with .ppt or Windows Picture & Fax, the other icons on the desk top will change to whatever I used to open the one file; i.e. .ppt or Windows Picture & Fax. I don't know why they changed. I would hate to think I have a broken PC. I brought only three weeks ago directly from HP.

Hope somebody with Win 7 experience can help.

Thanks in advance.

Mimi
 
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When you select open with, and go to the choose default program... there's a little check box towards the bottom left that says "always use this program for this file type". Make sure that isn't ticked.
 
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Mimi, I'm not confident this will work as it's not directly your problem but it's not hard to change the setting back if it does not work.
Go orb > control panel > personalization > desktop icon settings then untick the box (if's it ticked) to allow themes to alter desktop icons.

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Open With Programs

To Mike & Elmer BeFuddled:

I did change it with instructions from another source, but wasn't able to print it. How do I change the program to a .jpeg, .jpg, etc.

Thanks.

Mimi
 
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Open with has nothing to do with print capabilities. If you are having trouble printing, making changes to file associations will not help.

Changing file associations is selecting a default application to open your files. If you are having trouble printing, then the application or printer needs to be setup correctly or possibly re-installed.
 
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Sorry but isn't the question as to why desktop icons are changing or have I misunderstood the question. :eek:
 
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Hi Mike & Elmer,

I will try it and see how it works.

Thanks again.

Mimi
 
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Elmer Befuddled, Mike, and Clifford Cooley

Hi All,

Thanks for your help. I didn't know about "ticking" or "unticking" a program icon in the "Open With" Box.

I am not having a printer problem; it is with the icons changing on the desk top, but thanks just the same.

Mimi
 

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I am not having a printer problem
I'm guessing printer was assumed when HP was mentioned.

You might run a thorough scan for malware too.
 
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Hi All,

I will try your instructions and let you know how it works. I hadn't noticed there was a check box indicating which one to use with the "open with" instructions.

Thanks again.

Mimi
 
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I will try your instructions and let you know how it works.
Who marked the thread as "Solved"? Is it? If so, what was the corrective action?
 
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I didn't see any check box indicating which one to use with the "open with" instructions; however, I did manage to convert one of those "blank page" icons with Windows Photo View, without the other icons changing on me.

What does a "ticked" (or unticked) icon look like in the "Open With" Program?

Thanks.

Mimi
 

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The "Open With" box looks like this. See the box bottom left? But I am not clear what you mean by a ticked or unticked "Icon"


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To Davehc:

Thanks for your help with the "open with" check box. I thought each icon had to have a check mark; I saw the box with the actual check mark near the lower left corner.

Mimi
 

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