Set Files to Open in the Application or Program of Your Choice

You can set files of a particular type that you open from the Mac OS X Finder to open in the Windows program of your choice. For example, you could set files ending in .txt to always open in Windows Notepad.

You can also set files opened from Windows to always open in the Mac OS X application of your choice.

Set Mac OS X Files of a Particular Type to Open in a Windows Program

To open a Mac OS X file once with a Windows program:

  1. Right-click (or Control-click) the file in the Finder and choose Open With from the shortcut menu.
  2. Select a Windows program.

    If you don't see the program you want, click Other and choose a Windows program from /username/Applications (Parallels)/Windows Applications.

You can also open a Mac OS X file in a Windows program by dragging it to the program's icon in the Dock.

To set files of a particular type to always open in a Windows program:

  1. Right-click (or Control-click) a file and choose Get Info from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the triangle next to "Open with" to expand the section.
  3. Choose a Windows program from the pop-up menu.

    If you don't see the program you want, choose Other and choose a Windows program from /username/Applications (Parallels)/Windows Applications.

  4. Click Change All.

From this point on, double-clicking a file of this type (.txt in the example above) in the Mac OS X Finder opens the file in the Windows program. If Windows is shut down, suspended, or paused, double-clicking the file starts or resumes Windows in Coherence mode. When Windows starts up, the file opens in the Windows program.

Set Windows Files of a Particular Type to Open in a Mac OS X Application

To open a Windows file with a Mac OS X application only this time:

  • Right-click (or Control-click) the file in Windows, choose Open With from the shortcut menu, and choose an application.

To set all files of a particular file type to open in a Mac OS X application:

  1. Right-click (or Control-click) a file in Windows, choose Open With from the shortcut menu, and click Choose default program.
  2. Select an application, choose Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, and click OK.

Note: To set files to open in the application or program of your choice, Parallels Tools must be installed. In most cases, Parallels Tools are installed by default. Also, the Isolate Mac from Windows option must be disabled, and Windows application sharing must be enabled.

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