Easily Change File Types and Associations in Windows

For most Windows users, until you have an issue with file associations, you rarely seek out ways to change them. Windows already makes it difficult enough to work with file associations in the OS. Types allows you to have more control over file associations in Windows, adding context menu options, letting you change icons and more.

Types is available for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. You can download Types from its web site.

During installation, we do recommend adding Types to your context menu.


This makes it that much easier to change file associations on the fly.


Types has a simple user interface. At the top, you can search for specific file associations as well as change the preferences for all file associations, unknown associations and folder associations at once through the drop down menu.

If you right-click on any of the file association in Types or use the context menu “Edit File” option for any file or EXE on your PC, you can begin editing file associations.


You have four options to choose from: Class, Actions, Icon and Other.

Class allows you to see the type of association that is set up for the file you clicked. You can change these parameters, but we recommend against it. That’s where the other tabs come in handy.


Actions allows you to set a variety of associations with the file type. By clicking the “+” sign, you can add what types of programs are capable of opening specific files. This also allows you to choose multiple programs that can open a file by association.


Icons allows you to change the primary icon associated with a file type. While most users prefer the icon that is normally used for an association, because they recognize it, if you want to do custom icons, this is the quickest way to change them.


Other allows you to change the extension visibility options quicker than Windows allows you to do it currently. You can also designated the “type” of extension for Windows to see what it relates to.

If you chose the option to add Types to your context menu, you can right-click any file or EXE in Windows and click “Edit File Type.”


This will open Types’ file association options for that particular file type giving you easy access to change everything about how it works in Windows.

Windows never seems to make things easy for users, especially when it comes to file associations. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to manage file associations in Windows, Types is the program you’ve been dreaming of.