If you open a file with an extension that is unknown to Windows, it will react with the following prompt:

I cannot remember to have used the web search a single time, that is why I disabled it long ago. One can accomplish that with a simple registry entry. Open your Windows Registry by entering regedit into a Run... prompt and browse the following key in the left frame:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Now you will have to create a value if it is not already present for some reason. Go to the right frame, right-click it and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it NoInternetOpenWith and set its value to 1.

Close the registry. Now, upon opening a file with an unknown extension, Windows will skip the web search prompt and head straightforward to the list of software available.

Skip the Web Search Prompt for Unknown File Extensions (Windows)
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    good trick , but ya know what would be even gooder ?!

    if that always use this app checkbox weren’t checked by default …there are a ton of random ending out there that I’m only looking at toady and may never touch again , so no need to add more stuffs in the tar pits of microsoft’s registry . and besides I don’t always know what to use to open random stuff , so it just makes extra work to set the right association when I find it .

    thanks for the tip .

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