Explorer & Mime Types
Setting Up File Types (MIME)
for Right Click in Explorer.
This web page contains information on how to set up your Explorer so that you
can right click on a file with .htm or .html and choose which browser you want
to view the html file with.
- Launch your file Explorer. (ex: start, programs, Win NT
- View, Options, File Types
- This next part is difficult and tedious. You need to scroll
through the registered file types Extensions (under the "file
type details" section) looking for extensions: htm,
- If IE is your default browser, look for following: "Microsoft HTML
Document 5.0" or HTML Document. If you don't have one
of these you will have to go through each of the file type one by
one - good luck!!!
- Next, Click on "Edit".
- Look at the "Actions" section.
- Look at the action "open". This is probably your
default action and will load your default browser. Select the
action and press "Edit". Look at the settings.
- Now you can create a new action. Click "New".
Depending on your environment and software loaded the following
information will change.
- Win 2000
- You can organize by Ext or Description. Plus it
is easy to change the program that loads the extension.
- Win NT 4.0 (MS IE settings)
Action: Open w/IE
Application used to perform this operation:
Use DDE: checked
DDE Message: "file://%1",,-1,,,,,
DDE Application not running: <leave empty>
- Win NT 4.0 (Netscape settings)
Action: Open w/IE
Application used to perform this operation: "C:\Program Files\Netscape\Communicator\Program\netscape.exe" -browser
Use DDE: <leave empty>
- Now select the action that you want to be the default and click on
- Test your changes.
- In windows Explorer locate a HTML/HTM file. Select the
file. Now right click with the mouse. You should see
the 2 new options. Click on the browser you want to open the
Testing does not work. What should I do next?
If one of the actions does not work I'll give you some pointers on how
to figure out what the properties should be set at.
- Start, Settings, Taskbar, Start Menu Programs, Advanced.
- This next part changes depending on your OS version and
configuration. You will want to find the file that loads the
browser your having problems with.
- Hint for Win NT 4.0. Under the parent directory
"Profiles" click on the directory "All Users",
"Start Menu", "Programs".
- Next locate for example "Netscape". Now select
the file "Netscape Navigator".
- Next right click and choose properties, then click on the tab
"Shortcut". Now look at the "target"
property. This value is what you want to use when
configuring the file type in the prior section above. Copy
this value into the property "Application used to perform
My Notes on Other Registered File Types
|| Possible Description of Type
||See the section above.
||MS-DOS batch file