Change File Types With Types For Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 26, 2010
Updated • Feb 28, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

Handling all the file types directly in Windows Explorer can be a strenuous task, as the manageability is not really optimal, especially if multiple file types need to be changed or edited. Types on the other hand is a free program for Windows to change file types easily.

The program will automatically scan the file types that are known by the system, and display them in the program interface. The scan may take a moment, considering that usually hundreds of file types need to be located and added.

Each file extension is displayed with its name and icon.


A double-click on a file extension opens the properties window of it. Here it is possible to change class specific information, including the linked class that is used to open the file type and the perceived type. Additional tabs lead to menu, icon and misc settings. In menu, all Windows Explorer context menu options are displayed. Icon can be used to change the file extension icon and other finally can be used to change the document title and extension visibility.

edit file extension
edit file extension

In Windows, it is possible to configure file extensions to be hidden, or always shown, and this is the preference to change the visibility of the selected extension.

It is furthermore possible to remove file extensions from the operating system in the main interface. This is done by selecting a class from the list of available ones. Now it is possible to right-click and select Delete, or use the red X icon in the top navigation to do the same.

Finally, a pulldown menu containing all classes is offered on the top as well, to quickly locate and selected one of the available classes.

Types is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. The program requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0, and can be downloaded from the homepage of the developer.


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