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Hack: The File's Creator
Imagine we have a text file saved by Microsoft Word. We
want to change the file's creator so that when we
double-click on the file, SimpleText will open it instead.
Find out the creator code for SimpleText by
opening up a SimpleText file with Resorcerer and
selecting File Info from the File menu.
This tells us that the creator code for a
SimpleText document is ttxt (this is because
SimpleText was originally called TeachText).
Close the document.
To change the Word document's creator code, you
also need to know the creator code for Word.
Do this by opening a Word file with Resorcerer
and selecting File Info from the File menu.
You can see that for Word the creator is
Select Word's creator code and replace it with
"ttxt". Be careful to use the right case and
Save your changes and quit.
Now the Word file is a SimpleText file, and
SimpleText will launch whenever you click on the
Hacking creator code is useful because you can
apply it to all sorts of files.
It is important to
remember that the creator hacks only work if the
application can read the file type.
If you change the SimpleText creator
code from ttxt to ttro,
you'll make the text file