How to: Specify a Default Action in the File Types Editor

The File Types Editor can be used to specify the default action for a file type. A default action is the action that will occur when a user double-clicks a file in Windows Explorer.


The dialog boxes and menu commands you see might differ from those described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Visual Studio Settings.

To specify a default action

  1. Select a Document Action node in the File Types Editor.

  2. On the Action menu, click Set As Default.

    The action is moved to the top of the action list and the name appears in bold type.


    You can also make an action the default by selecting it and moving it to the top of the list using the Move Up command on the Action menu.

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