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Default version of C4D to open .c4d file

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How do you change the default version when you double click a .c4d file in Windows 10?  For me it always opens in R18, but I want it to use R20 by default.  It can be infuriating especially with my current project which goes nuts in R18 because I'm using Fields.  It even does this when I already have R20 open.

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If I am not wrong, you need to navigate to 'Open with' in the right click menu of the .c4d file. Then simply navigate to R20 .exe file. 


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  • Thanks, Igor.  I'm aware of this, but it's annoying.  I'm not having a problem opening my files in R20 (when I don't accidentally double click them in Explorer), I just want R20 to be default rather than R18 or 19 (which are the only other versions I have installed).  I'm pretty sure this is possible on a Mac, but wondered if it was on Windows.

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  • Generally if you right click a file and go into Properties, you can choose the program it opens with.  For some reason, even when I specifically navigate to R20, it just jumps to R18.  Kinda frustrating.  I'm not sure why MAXON doesn't use different names for their .exe files, like "Cinema 4D R20.exe" instead of them all being "Cinema 4D.exe"  I'm guessing this is why Windows doesn't know the difference.

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    In windows you can navigate to the C4D   .exe file whatever it is named and rename it to keep track of which version it is.  Looking at the parent folder should tell you what version that .exe goes to.

     

    For me whatever version of C4D I double clicked on last is what windows uses to open the c4d files.  That is if I doubled clicked on the R19.exe last it will open in R19.  If it was R18 it will open in R18.  If some time in the past you right click and say "always open with" it might not work like that and could open with the old version till you right click and say "always open with" and pick the new version of c4d.

     

    To get to "always open with" you have to right click on the file Open With > choose another app > Check "Always use this app for .c4d files" > More apps > scroll to bottom and choose "Look for app on PC"

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  • Thanks, @Fastbee!  I did not know you could rename a .exe file- that doesn't mess anything up?  The "always open with" trick worked!  I swear I already tried that several times, but maybe I missed something before.  Thank you thank you!

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