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E-Mail Attachment This File Does Not have a program association with it. Creats an association in the folders options control panel

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    Ryan Stiers May 11, 2010

    What is the file attachment you are trying to open? What kind of file is it? (eg. filename.ppt. filename.xls, etc)

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What's the file extension? That's the key.

Like:

homer.jpg
homer.swf
homer.doc

Each one corresponds to the appropriate program.

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I have 8 programs that won't work and say "they do not have a program association with it for performing this action". They say to "create an association in the folder options control panel".


Windows uses "associations" as part of its object-oriented interface.

For example, after installing Adobe Reader, there will be an "association" created, such that everytime that you double-click on a 'PDF' file, then Windows will launch Adobe Reader.

Similarly, '.doc' files will be associated with Microsoft Word,
and '.xls' files will be associated with Microsoft Excel.

> create an association in the folder options control panel

That's the correct way to "add" or "delete" a specific association.

It's strange that you don't have an association already defined;
it could be the result of a computer-virus, namely, one that has deleted that association.


Aug 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Hi, I can''t open PPV attachmnts in my outlook express. I downldd the progr from Mcrsft and when i open an attachment I get the following: this field does not have a folder associated with it 4...


Windows can't open files with .PPV file extension?
If Windows is unable to open files of PPV file type, you may not have the appropriate program installed or, you may have file extension related windows registry errors. To help, we strongly recommend you to run this (new version 2010).

Aug 08, 2010 | Dell Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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When I open an attachment-pdf for instance. or any attachment for that matter. The windows media player opens, with an error message saying it cannot open this type file. is this an adobe reader problem


Sounds like your files are not assigned to the correct program.

Open Windows Explorer and find a pdf file.

Right click on it and choose Open With...

Select Adobe Reader and check the box at the bottom that says:

Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.

Click OK.

All pdf files should then open in Adobe.

You can do the same with any other type of file by choosing the program you want to open it with.

Thanks for using Fixya.

Mar 31, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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No file assosiation


Go to Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/File Types. You can create the association there. Press the "New" button, enter the file extension and navigate to the program executable that you want to open that file. It should stick.

Mar 14, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic Edition

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I can't open a wmv file attached to an email by double clicking on the attachment. It says that it does not have a program associated with it. When I copy the file and then double click it it runs a Spybot...


right click ..than properties ..,than change the file associations..and choose the windows media player as default player for this kinda files...it behaves like this cause it do not remembers the file associations...

Jan 14, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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When receiving attachment that requires -power point slide show- Outlook express -cannot run it-- message pop up says "the file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.Create...


  • Open up Windows Explorer. (The Windows Key + E, on many keyboards.)
  • Find any file with the PPS extension. For example somefile.pps.
  • Right-click on the filename, and select Open With ....
  • Even if the PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer is already listed don't click on it. Instead, select Choose Program at the bottom of the list that's displayed.
  • In the resulting dialog box you should find PowerPoint, or PowerPoint Viewer, and click on that.
  • Click the box labeled "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file".
  • Press OK

Jul 10, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Problem opening some attachments


You need to tell Windows what program you want to use when opening the file since you don't have any program installed that knows this file.

Do you know what kind of file it is? If not, you need to find this out.
Usually you get powerpoint or pdf files in your mail. To read these you need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer.

Short, You need to install a program that can handle the files you get in your mail. What program depends on the file.

To know what kind of file it is you have to se what "extension" it have (the three letters after the dot). Normaly you don't see this, but to be able to see it open Explorer and do go through the following:

  1. select Start -> Settings -> Control Panels -> Folder Options
  2. select the View tab
  3. check "show hidden files and folders"
  4. Uncheck "hide file extensions for known file types"
  5. Click OK to finish
Now, save the file on your desk and check the last letters of the file. If it ends with .pdg it's a pdf-file, if it ends with ppt it's a power point file.

If it ends with something else, it needs a different program. To know which, just ask again :)


Apr 07, 2009 | Microsoft Windows? Vista Home Premium...

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Can't open .pdf file email attachments from Windows Mail (Vista)


Send yourself another known working PDF attachment and see if the same thing happens. If it does, post back. If not, then it most likely means there's either a naming issue with the problem PDF, or it is just corrupt enough to give you troubles when opening from email.

Mar 19, 2009 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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Outlook express not receiving mail or opening attachments


sounds like you need something to open the format of mail you are recieving ie winrar pdf adobe etc try downloading one of these and see if it works

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Unable to open .pps attachments from windows mail in windowsvista


If you have Windows XP:
Manual fix
  • Click Start, Run and type CONTROL FOLDERS
  • In the Folder Options applet that opens, select the File Types tab
  • Scroll down and locate the following entry:
PPS (Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show)
ppsopen.png
  • Click Advanced
  • Click the New button
  • Type Open in the the Action: text box
  • In the Application used to perform action: field, type the following exactly:
For PowerPoint Viewer 2003:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\PowerPoint Viewer\pptview.exe" "%1"
For PowerPoint Viewer 2007:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\pptview.exe" "%1"
  • Uncheck the Use DDE box
  • Click OK, OK
  • Close the Folder Options dialog
-Tha Mp3 Doctor

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