finds free programs to open unknown file types

Posted on March 11, 2009. Filed under: Tech News | Tags: , |

By Lee Mathews, Downloadsquad may not be the kind of program you need to install on your own computer, but it might be a good idea to load it on your parents or less technically-inclined acquaintances’ machines.sadfsadfw

It’s a simple application that integrates with the Windows right-click context menu. No program available to open a certain file? No problem. Right click on the icon and choose “How do I Open This?” will open and offer download links for free programs that can handle the file in question.

A massive list of file types are supported and include categories like archives, images, documents, audio files, disk images, and more – there’s a complete list on It’s much larger than the list offered by Microsoft’s Application Search, which Windows searches when you tell it to use the web service to find a program. It won’t, for example, tell you Firefox is what opens .xpi files whereas will.

The site is also a nice reference to bookmark for times when you just what, exactly, that file with the .xspf or .xxe extension is. is a free program, and runs on 32-bit Windows systems only.


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In order to get rid of this problem and find a suitable way to discover the appropriate program for an unknown file type, you can check out the Desktop Tool.

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