ACDSee 12 can work with a large number of file formats. If you are running Microsoft XP then you can set ACDSee 12 to be the default application to open certain file types. This process is called associating files.
Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 have made it necessary to change how ACDSee 12 associates files. Because of these changes, if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you need to register file types (or extensions) as well as associate them. When you register file types, you tell the Windows Vista or Windows 7 that these file types are used with ACDSee 12. When you associate file types, you set ACDSee 12 as the default program to open these kinds of files when you double-click them.
For Microsoft XP
To associate files with ACDSee 12:
- Click Tools | File Associations.
- Select each of the following:
- Select the Image Files tab and then select the check boxes next to the image file formats that you want to associate with ACDSee 12.
- Select the Archives tab and then select the check boxes next to the archive file formats that you want to associate with ACDSee 12.
- Click OK.
For Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7
To set file association options in ACDSee 12:
- Click Tools | File Associations | Set File Associations.
- Select one of the following options:
- All image file types: Sets ACDSee 12 as the default application to open all image file types.
- Image file types not currently associated with ACDSee or another program: Retains any file types already associated with ACDSee 12 and adds any file types that are not yet associated with a program.
- Choose the image file types myself: Opens a dialog where you can select the files you want to associate with ACDSee 12.
- Click OK.
To register new file extensions with Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7:
When you add a plug-in to ACDSee 12 that allows it to recognize and use new file types, you need to register the new file formats with the operating system as being used by ACDSee 12. You can then use the same dialog to associate these files with ACDSee 12.
- Click Tools | File Associations | Register New File Formats.
- To only register the new file formats in the list, click OK.
- To associate the new file formats with ACDSee 12 so that it opens these file formats in the future, check each file type by clicking in the white square.
- Click OK to register and/or associate the new files.
You can change file associations directly in Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 by going to your desktop and clicking Start | Default Programs.