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Creating a new file type

If you have a lot of work documents that you would like to be able to stand out, you can create a different file extension rather than the normal .DOC file format. 

Here's how it's done:

  1. Go to Explorer and select Tools/Folder Options. 
  2. Select the File Types tab 
  3. Click New Type and the "Add New File Type" box will appear. (You may have to click the Advanced box to continue with the process.) 
  4. Fill out the description however you want 
  5. In the "Associated extension" box, type Work (or whatever you want). Do not use spaces or periods in the name. 
  6. Click the New Button and the "New Action" box appears. 
  7. In the Action box, type "Open" 
  8. Click the Browse button to find the application you want to use to open your files (Word, in this case). 
  9. Click Open, and then click OK.

Now you can select some additional options such as "Enable Quick View" (if supported), "Always Show Extension," and more. You can also choose to change the Icon. OK, all done. Now your new file type will appear in the Folder Options Box.

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