I downloaded a pdf e-book and selected windows media player by accident. All
my downloads go there and windows media player can’t open it there. What do I
do to correct this problem?
This is actually pretty common. Not just for PDFs, but for any file type
where either you’ve selected the wrong program by mistake, some other program
has been installed that “takes over” a particular file type you don’t want it
to, or just the generic “This file does not have a program associated with it”
error when there’s no program to open it at all.
Selecting the correct program to open your .PDFs, .MP3s or .whatever files
is actually pretty simple, just not obvious.
I’ll show you how.
I’m guessing you’re seeing something like this:
Naturally, we’ll say no, since Windows Media Player clearly wouldn’t know what to do with a PDF document.
To fix it, first locate the file you want to open in Windows Explorer:
Right click on the file and click on Open with…
In the resulting dialog, you may find the program you want right at the top of the list. (Don’t click it yet!)
If you do see the program you want to use listed (in this case I want FoxIt Reader to open my PDFs), then make sure that “Always use this program to open this kind of file” is checked.
After ensuring that option is checked, double click on the program to use (again, FoxIt Reader in my example above). Two things will happen:
The file association for “pdf” files will be changed to use FoxIt henceforth.
The file you’ve double clicked is opened by the program you’ve selected.
Two birds, one stone.
If the program you need to use to open the file is not listed in the Open with… dialog above, and you know it’s installed on your machine, click on the browse button to find the program manually.
In the example above I’ve navigated to:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader
This is the location where Foxit Reader is installed, and I would choose “Foxit Reader.exe” as the program to be used. Naturally what location or program you would select depends on what file type you’re dealing with and what programs you have available on your machine to open that file type.
This applies to all kinds of mis-associated or un-associated files and the programs that should be used to open them as well.