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Open Files With Different Software

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Files on your computer have "extensions" at the end of them. For example, Microsoft Word documents have ".doc" at the end of them. Microsoft Excel workbooks have ".xls" extension.

If you sometimes want to open a file with a program other than what it is associated with (for example, you want to open an Word document in NotePad), this How-To Article can help you.

Open Files With Different Software

1. Navigate to the file that you would like to open.

2. Single-click the file that you would like to open. (If you are using Windows in web-mode, mouse-over the file until it is highlighted.)

3. Hold down the CTRL+SHIFT key combination, and right-click the file.

4. From the menu that appears, select "Open With...".

5. The "Open With" window will open. Click the program that you would like to open the selected file in.

6. Click OK.

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