Having woes. Heh. I get that this isn't Windows. Somewhere along the lines I gave up on Caret:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... jachpmelml
Although, I do see why people like it. Tonight I was opening some CSV and TSV files. Of course the CSV file was opening by default in the 'Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides' extension. I guess it's still considered an extension. More on that in a bit. The CSV file was rather large and everything slowed to a snail's pace. I closed out of it and right-clicked the CSV file and chose 'Open with' -- Text. Of course, it render as it would in a text editor. I decided I like that better. How do I make that happen by default, I asked myself. Well, my thinking was to disable the 'Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides' extension and then select the Text app to open these files by default. Heh. I did figure out how to disable the extension. It's no longer shown in extensions. I will give Google some credit here, it's fairly simple to disable now:
In Chrome, open chrome://flags (type it in the URL box), type 'office' in the search bar...
Select the drop-down beside Disable Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides' and choose Enable. Yeah, it's one of those that you have to ENABLE the DISABLE. Clear as mud? It took me a couple of tries to realize.
. Now, as to the file associations, let's take a look at one where I can choose between something and something else, an HTML file:
Okay, as you can see, when I right-click on them, I can choose to 'view' it or open it with the Text app. 'View' simply opens it in the browser (chrome). Also, you see that I can 'Change default':
That's fairly obvious, no? I can choose to set the default to either the browser or the Text app. Just so you know, the 'Open' drop-down, near the top of the screen offers the same choices as the right-click context menu does.
So, what happens when I right click on the CSV or TSV?:
As you'd expect, I do not have an open with 'Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides' option. I killed that off. But I also don't have a 'Change default' option. Well, okay, what happens when I double-click either the CSV or TSV file?:
I guess I'll deal with having to right-click them, but why the hell do I have to? It's possible
this is one of those the extension could be modded situations. Well, I guess I'd still have to kill the built-in one and mod the one that you can download:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... gdpimamgkj
but what would happen when the extension is updated? With a freaking text editor, how many file types could you possibly need it to open?
To give you a vague idea, take a look at the list of addons for the text editor that '!' recommends:
As I was typing this, it dawned on me that Google also is missing something kinda obvious too. The browser can handle a lot of files. I know I can play MP3 audio files and play MP4 videos in the browser for instance. As a matter of fact, when using chromeOS flex I often find myself playing mp4 video in the browser rather than using the Gallery app. Why, you might ask:
Which set of controls would you rather look at?
I can blow either of them up full screen...
In Windows you can associate a file with a program that can't handle it, I guess I don't need that much control, but *some* would be nice. If anyone from Google reads this, don't forget about the files the Chrome browser can handle, you never know what someone might prefer... I shouldn't complain too much, I do see improvement -- being able to "enable the disable" that I mentioned previously...