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6.06 - Custom filetypes and icons
by Dotpitch, 2012-03-30 17:00:00

On the Integration page of Options and stuff, XMPlay can be set as the default program to open all supported audio files with. XMPlay will group all selected extensions to a single filetype, the XMPlay-able file. This also means all files with have the same icon and type description, regardless of their format. By making the file association manually, you keep separate icons and descriptions.

Windows XP

Now repeat the following for each extension you'd like to add:

  • Create a new extension, for example ogg.
  • Select the extension and click Advanced.
  • Put the filetype description in the top box, for example Ogg File.
  • Choose the appropriate icon.
  • Create a new action, name it &Open with XMPlay. For the Application field, locate your xmplay.exe. Tick Use DDE, set the Application to XMPlay, the Topic to System and the Message to [open(%1)] (including the brackets and parenthesis).
  • Create another action, named &Add to XMPlay-list. Keep all the settings the same as for the open-action, but use the Message [list(%1)] (again, including brackets and parenthesis).
  • Set either of the two actions as the default.

The association works directly, the icons could take a while to be refreshed (reload your shell to force a refresh).

Windows Vista and 7

The file association dialog was removed from Explorer, but the Default programs page doesn't provide the same flexibility. Download ExtMan to get the file association dialog back. (Note that Extman defaults to German, but you can switch to English by clicking the flag.) With ExtMan, you can follow the steps for Windows XP.

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