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Opening Files With Correct Program
MS Windows 95 to MS Vista allows file association so that when you double click the file will supposedly open with the correct program. When Windows tries to open a file, it looks for three letters at the end of the file which are known the file extension. Associating the wrong program with the file extension will cause the incorrect or unwanted program to open the file extension. This will happen with email extensions if the file association is incorrect.
Windows keeps a list of programs that open with each file extension. For instance, Microsoft Word documents open with doc while Notepad opens files with the txt extension.
For Outlook, the message are saved with an .msg extension, Outlook Express uses .eml
On your computer, the wrong program is associated with one of those file extensions.
How to Change the File Extension
Right-click on one of the files that wonít open, a menu will appear and select "Open With" or simply "Open" if "Open With" is not available. Select "choose program" then find the program you want to use for this type of file, tick the box that says "always use this program to open files of this kind of file" and click "Okay".
If the program isnít listed, youíll have to click "browse" and search the hard drive for the program you want. Programs are generally kept in the c:\Program Files folder.
Losing file associations is a nuisance and this is why itís important to read all messages and notes when installing new software or making changes to your computer.