A quick post, and a good reminder of something that can be a pain. I had to do a quick search for the solution, and wanted to write about it in the hopes it will help me remember the issue.
Opening the wrong program
I was working with some XML files. I had a list of them and double clicked one.
When I did, I got this:
Not a big deal, but slow, and what’s more, I then got to close this:
I love Plan Explorer and it’s a great tool, but not for XML files containing data unrelated to execution plans. However, I do need to update my version, which will happen shortly.
What I really want to have happen is the XML file to open in notepad. I could right click it, and I have been, but about one out of every three times I go back to look at a file, I double click it out of habit.
I need to change the file extension association. I ran a quick search and used the link referenced at the bottom. That led me to the Control Panel. I knew it was in there somewhere, but rather than hunt around, I googled.
I’ve scrolled down to the spot under Programs | Default Programs | Set Associations. I picked .xml and then to the right I clicked "change program". I chose notepad, and the next time I double clicked the file, I got it open quickly and easily.
Windows 8 Tip: Change File Associations –http://winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-tip-change-file-associations-144102