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Set File Type Associations

When working with Parallels Desktop, you may need to open an OS X file in some Windows application or a Windows file in some OS X app. If you often need to do so, SmartSelect allows you to make your OS X files always open in Windows applications as well as make your Windows files always open in OS X apps.

Note: This functionality is available only for Windows XP and later versions with Parallels Tools installed.

Associate OS X files with a Windows application

To make some type of OS X files always open in a Windows application, do the following:

  1. Right-click an OS X file and choose Get Info.
  2. In the Open with section, click the Open with menu and choose Other.
  3. Navigate to Macintosh HD > Users > <user name> > Applications (Parallels) and open the required virtual machine folder.
  4. Select a Windows application you want, choose Always Open With and click Add.
  5. Click Change All and close the file info menu. Now all files of this type will open in the selected Windows application.

Associate Windows files with an OS X application

To make some type of Windows files always open in an OS X application, do the following:

  1. Right-click a Windows file and choose Open with > Choose default program.
  2. Select the OS X application you want to use with that type of file and make sure Use this app for all <file_extension> files is selected. Now all files of this type will open in the selected OS X application.