Windows 10: Stymied by "Open With" Limitations; Cannot Specify Default Application

  1.    01 Dec 2017 #1

    Stymied by "Open With" Limitations; Cannot Specify Default Application


    Look, this is a rather simple problem that did not exist in earlier Windows platforms. Wanna "create" a new filetype with a customized extension, and specify default opening application? With Windows 10, there's a HUGE roadblock: "Open with> Use Standard Windows Service" yields utter CRAP. You can open the file with your preferred application, but there is a STUPIDLY missing "always open with" checkbox. Slack-jawed sheep-farkers.

    It's a plain-text document, fer chryssake. My default encoding is UTF-8 due to my being multilingual, and "non-standard" characters get converted to pustulent rubbish when I use ANSI (and there are SO many idiots on the net that use ANSI for Unicode-only data!).

    How do I get Windows to open a plain-text UTF-8 document with file extension LYR (song lyrics) using Notepad as the default application? Windows 3.1 through Windows 7? No problem. Windows 10? HUGE problem. WTFF?

    I have no problem using RegEdit, but I lack the specific knowledge required to accomplish the desired task, to force Windows to use Notepad to always open files with the LYR extension. Also, an authoritative answer to this question will provide assistance beyond the immediate scope of this issue; I will be able to apply the solution to any filetype.

    And yes, I am aware that custom filetypes will not properly render thumbnails in folder view; they will exhibit instead the default opening application icon.

    411: Currently, I have a shortcut to Notepad in my "SendTo" folder, and that works great, but I really HATE it when Microsoft hamstrings user control.
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  2. Posts : 27,293
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17604
       01 Dec 2017 #2

    Hello gremlinkhurst,

    For now, are you able to use one of the options in the tutorial below to set the default app for this file type?

    Choose Default Apps in Windows 10 Apps Features Tutorials
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