Windows 7 / Vista – Drag and Drop a File to Open It with a Quick Launch Application

Posted April 7, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

There are times when you need to open a file with an application other than the one associated with that filetype. For example, I use Notepad to for looking at various filetypes, but I don’t want it to be the default app. By placing a shortcut to the desired application in my Quick Launch bar (or pinning it to the Taskbar in Windows 7), I can use my keyboard and mouse to drag and drop the file onto the icon and launch it in the desired application.

For Windows Vista:

Add any applications that you frequently use as alternatives for opening various filetypes to your Quick Launch bar on your Taskbar (such as Notepad, Wordpad, etc.)

Go to the desired file, hold down the Shift key, then drag and drop the file onto the desired Quick Launch icon.

The file will open in the desired application.

For Windows 7:

Drag any applications that you frequently use as alternatives for opening various filetypes to your Taskbar. This will pin the application to the Taskbar (since Windows 7 has no Quick Launch bar).

Go to the desired file, hold down the Shift key, then drag and drop the file onto the application’s pinned icon (make sure that you hold down the Shift key or the file will be pinneded to that application’s jump list.

The file will open in the desired application.

 

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  • Steve

    Maybe I’m not following but I have been doing this for a long time without the shift button.

    • Name

      You sure you’ve been doing this for a long time? In windows?

      Windows has always thrown an error and said “you need to drag icons into the PROGRAM, not onto the taskbar, to open them with the respective program”.

      This is much cooler.. operating the way Macs have since the classic days, and something windows has needed for a while.

      • Asavijabru

        you dummy, everybody were talking about application icons in the taskbar (quick launch) not about big icons of currently open programs… so you’re wrong!!!

        and did u noticed that macs os-es more and more look like ms ones, copy&paste… except ctrl(cmd)-shift-n, which is a great keyboard shortcut – i must admit

  • Miguel

    It didn’t work in windows 7, is there anything else I need to setup first?

  • Hh

    so when we drag and drop file to an other application it’s impossible t returun to the last application !

  • Asavijabru

    i just noticed that it doesn’t work with multiple files selected… well i’ll go google it some more…