Lost association for TXT files

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  1. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
       #1

    Lost association for TXT files


    Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:31 pm Post subject: Lost assocaition with .txt files

    D-clicking a TXT file in Win 10 File Explorer normally opens it in my text editor, TextPad. Now it opens no program.

    Naturally I used 'Choose default applications by file type' and set TXT to TextPad, but still no change.
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  2. Posts : 35,488
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    If you wish, you can reset this to default- choose txt in Option 2.
    Restore Default File Type Associations in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks, but I don’t want to use Notepad as my TXT default. I want to restore association with TextPad, which is what is assigned in the settings.
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  4. Posts : 35,488
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Once you have a working file association (registry keys re-written), you should be able to reassign it via Open With or Settings.

    I hope you understand the logic of that.

    Is Textpad available as a potential default for txt?
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  5. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks. Mysteriously I now have somehow got the correct association back. No idea what caused the loss or the recovery!

    EDIT: Not sure what you mean by your question. The list of Default Apps covers only six apps, and TEXT is not one of them. A strange omission IMO!
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  6. Posts : 35,488
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Is Textpad available as a potential default for txt?
    I was hoping you might understand that and save me time and typing.
    E.g. is it listed in this orange box?
    Lost association for TXT files-untitled.png

    Likewise, if you right click a txt file, click Open With and folow through the options, is it listed as a program you can potentially allocate as the default handler for txt files?

    (I'm not including a screenshot for that).
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  7. Posts : 395
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    In my opening post I said that I had ensured TXT was set to 'TextPad'.
    "Naturally I used 'Choose default applications by file type' and set TXT to TextPad, but still no change."

    To paraphrase you, I was hoping you might remember that.

    In my last post (two hours before your latest), I reported that somehow that setting was now working again.

    So I assumed you were now possibly asking about the 'Default Apps' in this section:

    Lost association for TXT files-defaultapps-1.jpg


    Bottom lines:
    1. I know how to set file associations
    2. I still don't know why for some hours the correct setting did not work, but I'm happy that it now does.
    3. As a side issue, I'm puzzled why 'Default Apps' displays only those six, with no text editor.
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  8. Posts : 35,488
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    That's because txt is just one of possibly 100s of file types.

    To see what I showed in my screenshot, click
    Choose default applications by file type
    in yours.

    You could equally ask- why isn't one shown for pdf, docx, doc, rtf.... or perhaps more generally 'Office formats'.
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  9. Posts : 395
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    dalchina said:
    That's because txt is just one of possibly 100s of file types.

    To see what I showed in my screenshot, click
    Choose default applications by file type
    in yours.

    You could equally ask- why isn't one shown for pdf, docx, doc, rtf.... or perhaps more generally 'Office formats'.
    I'm sadly coming to the conclusion that you rattle off your replies before actually reading posts!

    As I said in my first and my last post: Naturally I used 'Choose default applications by file type'

    And I didn't ask about the absence of TXT file types, but about a "text editor". Which is a generic application, just like the six that are displayed: Email, Maps, Music player, Photo viewer, Video player and Web browser.
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  10. Posts : 13,957
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #10

    And you still didn't answer dalchina's question. Yes, you said Naturally I used 'Choose default applications by file type' but you didn't show a screen capture of the
    'Choose default applications by file type' windows which is all he was asking for.

    So your response "I'm sadly coming to the conclusion that you rattle off your replies before actually reading posts!" applies to you also.
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