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07-01-2005, 11:51 PM
I was spooking around the SCENEDB folder(FS2002)and found a bgl file I wanted to open. It wouldn't open but gave a list of programs to use to open it.
I chose notepad but neglected to uncheck the box that makes all bgl files open with notepad. I now have every bgl file with a notepad icon. Any thoughts on how to get back to to the default scenery bgl icons?
07-02-2005, 04:29 PM
I have done this several times in the past. Really, it will not matter if the .bgl file has the Icon of wordpad or any other program. FS will still use the bgl file as before.
You cann;t see what is inside of bgl files per se. Unless you have a scenery design program or decomplier you will only see gibberish inside the file with wordpad.
Win Xp may have a similar method I can only describe how to do it in 98SE. You may be able to do simialr with XP if that's what you are running.
To remove this 'association' to wodpad, open windows explorer.
Click on View, then go down to Folder Options. Click on the File Types Tap.
Scroll down this list to an entry bgl files. Click on it, It will probably say Opens with Wordpad" (This is what you did when you checked that little box)
With the bgl line highlighted, click on "remove file type". It should ask something like are you sure you want to remove this file type?" Say yes.
Essentially you are removing the association between a bgl file, and wordpad.
Your bgl file should now have the 'unrecognized file' icon on it.
I found this concerning XP in removing associations, if you are using Win XP:
Fix file associations from the Command Line: Did you leave the Always Use This Program To Open This File option
turned on? Do you want to change it back so it prompts you to specify a program each time? To delete the association
with that file type, at the command prompt enter the command ASSOC.EXT= [where .EXT specifies the extension of
the file type whose association you want to delete (e.g., .WAV for wave files)].
Now whenever you double-click on the file of that type, the system will ask you what program you want to use to open
the file. For more information: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_easy_file.htm.
Follow directions carefully, it should be a no-brianer.
Let me know how it works, and if you do indeed have XP.
07-03-2005, 04:49 AM
Thanks for the response and your clear instructions.
I do have WinXP and your first procedure did work. I'm now back where I want to be with the proper bgl icon. Incidently in WinXP, Folder Options is under Tools, not View. That seems to be the only difference.
While the wordpad icon doesn't affect my FS2002 game, I apparently need the bgl icon to run a program called EastNav 2000 that allows me to open a bgl file and make changes to it.
Many thanks, I was afraid I was stuck with that "ugly" wordpad icon. I hope you'll be around the next time I screw up something.
07-05-2005, 01:29 AM
The first time I made the mistake like that ,I didn't have a clue what to do. But it's really easy to do.
I even think there is a way to bring up the "Open with" box up, even if it is already associated with a program. Some key command like ctrl+shift (something like that) while opening the file. Then you can change it from there.
I am happy you got your icon back. Yes, you'd need the BGL file not to be associated with wordpad, if you are going to use your other program to open it up.
Possibly you could have opened your East Nav program, then opened it from the browse function. But it will be better this way.
If your East Nav is a registered program, you may be able to click on the file, then go down the "Open with" box until you find the East Nav program, check the box to "always open" with the East Nav program.
But in any case, I am glad it worked.
Take care, and have fun doing your bgl files.
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