Java: Change File Association (Windows & Mac)
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If SayIt was launched from an executable (.exe) file instead of with Java Web Start, these instructions are not applicable. 

Each file type has a default application that is associated with it. This means that when you click to open a file, it will open a specific application. Your computer may be configured to open all text (.txt) files in Microsoft Word, for example. It may sometimes be necessary to change the default application that is used to open a file. If your computer is using the wrong application when trying to open SayIt, you can change the file association that Windows uses to open the sayit.jnlp file.

Change Windows File Association

If your computer is using the wrong application when trying to open SayIt, you can change the file association that Windows uses to open the .jnlp file.

WINDOWS 10:
  1. In the Search the Web and Windows field, type "control panel"
  2. Click to open the Control Panel at the top of the list.
  3. At top right of the Control Panel window, set the View by option to Small icons.
  4. Click on the Default Programs icon. 
  5. In the Default Programs window, click the Associate a file type or protocol with a program link.
  6. Towards the bottom of the Settings window, click the Choose default apps by file type link.
  7. Scroll down the the Choose default apps by file type list to find .jnlp and click on the file type to the right of it to see a list of applications that can open the file.
  8. From the list of files that can open .jnlp files, select Java(TM) Web Launcher.
  9. Windows 10 will refresh the list of file associations to show the new default program to open this type of file.

Change Mac File Association

Set the Default Application Just for sayit.jnlp

  1. Open Finder and go to the Downloads folder.
  2. Control+click on the sayit.jnlp file to bring up the Actions menu.
  3. Hold down the Option key to show the Always Open With menu, and select Always Open With.
  4. On the Always Open With menu, select Java Web Start.

If you do not see Java Web Start in the Always Open With menu, proceed to the steps below:

  1. From the Always Open With menu, select Other.
  2. Make sure that you are looking in Macintosh SSD (rather than Applications) and navigate to the following path: /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands
  3. From here, control+click on javaws and select Quick Look. This will bring up a new window. Close out of this window using the "x" in the top left corner.
  4. Click Open. A new window will pop up informing you that "The application "javaws" cannot be opened." Ignore this message.

Set the Default Application for All .jnlp Files

  1. Open Finder and go to the Downloads folder.
  2. Control+click on the sayit.jnlp file to bring up the Actions menu.
  3. Select Get Info from the menu that opens in a new window.
  4. Expand the Open with section if it is not already expanded and choose Java Web Start from the drop-down menu.