Problem w/file associations - Parallels/WinXP/Powerpoint

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by knmlee, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. knmlee macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    Just installed MS Office 2007 on XP running under Parallels 4.0. All of the programs in Office work fine. The problem is that I can't get .ppt files associated with the Windows version of Powerpoint. All of the files want to open with one of my Mac apps instead (Keynote or Powerpoint 2008 for mac). When I try to change the association or use "open with", the Windows version of Powerpoint doesn't even show up as an option. I can browse and find it, but when it is selected, it refuses to become an option.

    I've even created a brand new file with the windows version of PPT, saved it to the windows desktop, and it still believes it is to be opened by a mac app.

    I need to be running the windows version of PPT for presentations I give at work. Any ideas what may be going on?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  2. qyz macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2008
    Use the "SmartSelect" Feature

    SmartSelect in Parallels does what you want. Make sure you have Parallels Tools installed. Go to "Applications" menu in Parallels when the VM is running and you will see the option to populate "Shared Windows Applications". Once you select that option and it completes you should be able to open Windows apps from Finder by clicking on the "Open With..." option after right-clicking on the file in Finder.

    You can see if the list was populated correctly by navigating to the "Parallels Shared Applications" folder from your Start Menu->All Applications in Windows.

    I have noticed that this feature is a little buggy; sometimes it stops working after you "upgrade" parallels or parallels tools. Apparently the trick is to edit the VM ("Edit->Virtual Machine"), un-select the "Shared Applications" option, re-start, then stop, re-edit, re-select that option and re-start again, then re-populate the "Shared Windows Applications" from Parallels->Applications menu while the VM is running.

    Currently it works only partially for me since the latest "upgrade" of Parallels Tools; for now, I can open Windows applications from Mail attachments, but not from Finder. It was working perfectly fine before the "upgrade". The above fix has not helped me yet.

    Good luck!
  3. zaichyk macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2016
    --- Post Merged, May 11, 2016 ---
    Hi, I know this massage us quite old but I had the exact same problem, and searching with google got me to your post. So for the future ppt-mac-Windows answer seekers this solution would work for you:

    Generally, to make some type of OS X files always open in a Windows application, do the following:

    1. Right-click the OS X file, point to Open with and click Other.
    2. Navigate to Macintosh HD > Users > <user name> > Applications (Parallels) and open the required virtual machine folder.
    3. Select a Windows application you want and click Open.
    4. Parallels Desktop shows an OS X notification asking whether you want to make the application default for this type of files. Click Make. Now all files of this type will open in the selected Windows application.

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