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How do I create a file association for my win32 application Turn on/off line numbers in source code. Switch to Orginial background IDE or DSP color Comment or reply to this aritlce/tip for discussion. Bookmark this article to my favorite article(s). Print this article
24-Jul-02
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			Author: Tomas Rutkauskas 

How do I create a file association for my win32 application (Update for 
98/ME/NT5(2000)/ME) ?

Answer:

In Win32, create a new registry entry under the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT root key that 
points to the file extension, the command line to invoke, and the icon to display. 
 
Update:

Windows will execute '\shell\open\command' from the KEY pointed in (Default) value. 

So you can :

Clear Default value of extention key with itself ex: .jpg -> .jpg. This make 
windows use '\shell\open\command' from the proper KEY. (As shown in example)

Create enother key like "MyProgExt" with '\shell\open\command' and point any 
extension you need to it. This way the extension key default value will be: 
MyProgExt.

Example:

1   uses Registry,
2   
3   procedure TForm1.FileFormatAssociations;
4   var
5     reg: TRegistry;
6     FileExt: string;
7   begin
8     reg := TRegistry.Create;
9     reg.RootKey := HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT;
10    reg.LazyWrite := false;
11  
12    FileExt := '.jpg';
13  
14    //Clear Key - This is important !!!
15    reg.OpenKey(FileExt, true);
16    reg.WriteString('', FileExt);
17    reg.CloseKey;
18  
19    //Invoke the program passing the file name as the first parameter
20    reg.OpenKey(FileExt + '\shell\open\command', true);
21    reg.WriteString('', Application.ExeName + ' "%1"');
22    reg.CloseKey;
23  
24    //Use the first icon in the executable to display
25    reg.OpenKey(FileExt + '\DefaultIcon', true);
26    reg.WriteString('', Application.ExeName + ',0');
27    reg.CloseKey;
28  
29    reg.free;
30  end;


			
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