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How to make MapInfo Pro the default program to open a Tab file

UPDATED: April 28, 2017


Sometimes when you double-click on a Tab file outside of MapInfo Pro the file in Windows opens in the wrong software program (such as Notepad). Follow these steps to choose the program you would prefer to use instead. You can change this setting for an individual file, or you change this setting so Windows opens all files of the same type in the software program you choose.

Open the folder that contains the TAB file you want to change back (to the default Program to open with).

Right-click the TAB file you want to change back to the default application to open with and click "Open with" or point to "Open with" and then click Choose default program.

For MapInfo 32 bit version locate -  MapInfow.exe located: C\Program Files (x86)\MapInfo\MapInfow.exe 
or
For MapInfo 64 version locate -  MapInfoPro.exe located: C:\Program Files\MapInfo\Professional\MapInfoPro.exe

Click the program (MapInfo) you want to use to open the file.

Do one of the following:
If you want all files of that type to open in the same software program, select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box, and then click OK.
If you want only that file to open in the software program this one time, clear the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box, and then click OK.

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