change the file associations

haywoodkbhaywoodkb Global Mapper UserPosts: 2
How do you change the file associations so that Global Mapper opens when you click on a GPX file?
Currently my system opens a PDF reader when I click on a GPX file. I can open GM then browse for the GPX file, but I would like to open GPX (and other data) from the file explorer window.

I have tried using , but the Global Mapper program is not listed as a choice.

using GM16 on Win7-64

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  • MykleMykle Global Mapper User Posts: 451
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    Ensure that you are using the most recent version of Global Mapper, so you know that your issue is still present. (no, it's not a GM problem, but problems are easier to describe and solve with current versions of the programs that you are using.)

    Right-click on a GPX file, then select the "Open With" dialog.
    The list of recommended programs may not show Global Mapper.
    (mine does not, but IS set to open with Global Mapper)
    Click on the Browse button, and navigate to the folder containing global_mapper.exe
    If you are using the 64-bit version of GM, the executable file will probably be in
    C:\Program Files\GlobalMapper16_64bit
    If you are using the 32-bit version of GM, the executable file will probably be in
    C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalMapper16_32bit (I'm guessing a bit)

    Ensure that the dialog box is checked "Always use the selected program ..."

    I normally save my projects in a GMW workspace file, so related GPX files are automatically loaded. Additional files are opened by dragging them into GM from Windows Explorer (usually one at a time, but a group of GPX files would be fine).



  • haywoodkbhaywoodkb Global Mapper User Posts: 2
    Thanks. It is not a big problem for me. The drag-n-drop option works great. Something on my machine is not configured right. With your instructions I was able to change the association to another program, but not to Global Mapper. It should be fine until I upgrade to Windows 10.
  • MykleMykle Global Mapper User Posts: 451Trusted User
    There was an issue in an early version of GMv16 that affected file associations. If you are not running a relatively current version, that may be the source of your configuration problem.
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