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Open File With Another Application

You might face this problem sometimes. You have a certain file that you edit always. But unlike any other file, you edit this file with another application, say instead of Notepad to edit normal Text files, you want Wordpad to open this file. Shift-right-clicking it is a bit troublesome. Using the Open command under Wordpad seems unnecessary. How are you going to do this then?

Simple, use shortcuts again! Copy out the entire path of Word 97. Now, create a shortcut and type in the path of Word 97, a space then the filename (whole path). It will look like this: "C:\Program Files\Accessories\WORDPAD.EXE" "C:\My Stuff\secret.txt". Now, whenever you click on the shortcut, it will launch Wordpad with secret.txt pre-loaded! Awesome! now this is what we call a convenience.

Open  Multiple Files

Say that you edit files in bunches. You have a a bunch of documents on animals and trees and you always open them together. You also edit them frequently. So using the Open command to open these files one-by-one is such a pain. First, choose and application that allows multiple documents say, Word 97. Type in the command line, "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE" "C:\docs\animals.doc" "C:\docs\trees.doc". Word will open two documents at the same time! What a time saver! The only drawback is the command line cannot exceed 255 characters so the number of documents are limited, depending on the lenght of the documents' path.

But one little trick you can try - if you place the documents in the same directory with the program itself say into "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\animals.doc" you can save yourself some space. You now only have to type in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE" "animals.doc" "trees.doc". Because they are all in the same directory, you don't have to type in the full path of the files - giving you more space for more files!

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