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file association(1) The relationship of one file to another based on the data it contains.
(2) An established relationship between a file and the application used to open it. There are default file associations pre-configured in every operating system for all the common file types. However, if a file's icon or name is clicked without a default association, the OS prompts the user for the application to use. File associations can be easily changed (to learn how in Windows, see Win File association).
|Associate a File in Windows XP|
|For Vista and subsequent versions of Windows, use the Default Programs control panel to change associations (see Win File association). In Windows XP, open Explorer and select Tools/Folder Options/File Types and scroll to the file extension. Click Change and select an application.|
|Associate a File in the Mac|
|To change a file association in the Mac, click on any file of that type and select Get Info.|