[texhax] Fwd: [CIT]: file association in Windows 7

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Thu Mar 17 00:46:06 CET 2011

On 2011-03-16 at 23:09:56 +0100, Heiko Oberdiek wrote:

 > > I am using Windows 7 on an HP ProBook 6550b.
 > > 
 > > I have certain filestypes that I wish to associate with certain
 > > programs.  For example, I want to associate files of type .html with
 > > Notepad, whereas the default is to associate them with Firefox.  I do
 > > this by "right click | Open With ... | Browse".
 > > 
 > > Most of the time this works.
 > > 
 > > But I want to associate the filetype .idx with the LaTeX Index
 > > Processor makeindex.exe.  I have this program on my disk and can run
 > > it in a command prompt window without a problem.  But when I try to
 > > associate this filetype with makeindex.exe it doesn't work... when I
 > > press "Open With... " the program makeindex.exe appears twice, and
 > > neither entry runs the program.
 > Are you sure? I have just tested it successfully (with makeindex.exe
 > from MiKTeX Portable). A command window is shown and closed immediately
 > after the program has finished. Thus I couldn't see much.
 > But test.ind and the test.ilg with the protocol were successfully
 > generated.

I'm sure that he's sure.  Ask him to export his registry settings to a
file (using regedit.exe).  Then import this file to _your_ registry,
and you'll see that it won't work for you either.

Don't assume that you can reproduce Windows user's problems only
because you have Windows, at least if the registry is involved.


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