How to associate 3gp files with VLC


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Have Windows 11 22000.593 and would like to associate .3gp files with Videolan VLC. The 3gp file extension is not listed in Apps - Default apps - Choose defaults by file type and there is no option to add a new one. Contextual menu for properties on file, in General tab, has no option either to change default app.

Any idea how to do it?
 
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would like to associate .3gp files with Videolan VLC. The 3gp file extension is not listed in Apps - Default apps - Choose defaults by file type and there is no option to add a new one.....

Any idea how to do it?
Right-click on any .3gp file and select Open with > Choose another app. Tick the box for 'Always use this app to open .3gp files'. Scroll down and pick VLC from the list, if it's not there click on 'More apps' at the bottom of the list. It should be in that list, but if not you can click 'Look for another app on this PC' and browse to find vlc.exe.

Once you have opened your .3gp in VLC this way it will not only become the default, but will also have added .3gp to the list of file types for Default apps.
 

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Right-click on any .3gp file and select Open with > Choose another app. Tick the box for 'Always use this app to open .3gp files'. Scroll down and pick VLC from the list, if it's not there click on 'More apps' at the bottom of the list. It should be in that list, but if not you can click 'Look for another app on this PC' and browse to find vlc.exe.

Once you have opened your .3gp in VLC this way it will not only become the default, but will also have added .3gp to the list of file types for Default apps.
The option 'Always use this app to open .3gp files' is not available.

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The option 'Always use this app to open .3gp files' is not available.
That is odd, it should be there.

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You should also have .3gp in Default apps, with Films & TV (aka Movies & TV) already set as the default.

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Maybe the registry is messed up, or there's something odd since the operating system was upgraded from first builds of Windows 10.
 

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There's some missconfiguration in the system. Any idea how can I return good values to it?
 

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Did you try Bree's second suggestion.
settings-apps-default apps-scroll all the way to bottom
select 'choose defaults by file type'
scroll down list to .3gp
click on it and a selection of apps pops up
select VLC from list
 

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Did you try Bree's second suggestion.
settings-apps-default apps-scroll all the way to bottom
select 'choose defaults by file type'
scroll down list to .3gp
click on it and a selection of apps pops up
select VLC from list
.3gp is missing, and there's no option to reset this list or to add/remove items from it:

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Here is my .3gp registry entry with VLC as default if you want to import it into your computer. Unzip the zipped file and double click on the .reg file.

Contents of the file

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\OpenWithList]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\OpenWithProgids]
"WMP11.AssocFile.3GP"=hex(0):
"VLC.3gp"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\UserChoice]
"ProgId"="VLC.3gp"
"Hash"="JfECNTgSEhU="
 

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Here is my .3gp registry entry with VLC as default if you want to import it into your computer. Unzip the zipped file and double click on the .reg file.

Contents of the file

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\OpenWithList]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\OpenWithProgids]
"WMP11.AssocFile.3GP"=hex(0):
"VLC.3gp"=hex(0):

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.3gp\UserChoice]
"ProgId"="VLC.3gp"
That's not working, says preferences were reset because of some error.
 

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My VLC is the installable full feature 64 bit program, not the VLC app from the app store.
 

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Try opening it this way. Open VLC-click media-click open file-browse to your file and select it. If that doesn't work I would uninstall and reinstall VLC
 

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Try opening it this way. Open VLC-click media-click open file-browse to your file and select it. If that doesn't work I would uninstall and reinstall VLC
Of course that works, what I would like is to restore the ability to associate .3gp to any program from Windows Settings. As far as I know Windows itself doesn't offer this capability.
 

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As far as I know Windows itself doesn't offer this capability.
Yes Windows does, but .3gp file type has to show up in the list of file types before you can associate it with a program and it doesn't for you. I do not know if these file types are native Windows (meaning that they are installed with the operating system) or if they are populated by VLC. From what you posted in post#8 that is not the only file type that is missing. That's why I suggested uninstall and reinstall VLC to see if it would populate all the file types it can open. Restart before reinstall.
 

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If you click "More Apps" or "Choose another app"..

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The next window will you that option to associate...

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Have Windows 11 22000.593 and would like to associate .3gp files with Videolan VLC. The 3gp file extension is not listed in Apps - Default apps - Choose defaults by file type and there is no option to add a new one. Contextual menu for properties on file, in General tab, has no option either to change default app.

Any idea how to do it?
3gp? isnt that for the Software Guitar Pro?
 

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