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How to set OverDrive for Windows to open ODM files automatically

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Sometimes a "file association" error occurs in Windows. What this means is that OverDrive's app is not set to open ODM files. The ODM file is used to download an audiobook. If it doesn't work when you try to open it, please follow the steps below.

Associate ODM files to OverDrive's app in Windows Vista, 7, or 8

  1. Windows 7 or Vista: Click Start, and type "Default Programs" into the search box. Press Enter.
    Windows 8: Use the Search charm to search for "Default Programs." Charms pop out from the right edge of your screen.
  2. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
  3. Scroll down, and select the ODM file type.
    Screen shot showing the Set Associations dialog box
  4. The extension should be set to "OverDrive Media Console" (under "Current Default"). If this is not the case, click Change program . . .
  5. Windows 7 or Vista: Click the Browse button and select OverDrive Media Console from one of the locations below:
    Windows 8: Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window and click Look for another app on this PC. Then, select MediaConsole.exe from one of these locations:
    • 64-bit Systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive Media Console
    • 32-bit Systems: C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console
      Note: You can find which system type you have by going to Start > Control Panel > System. Look under "System Type."
  6. Click OK, then close to save the changes.
  7. Try downloading the title again.

Associate ODM files to OverDrive's app in Windows XP

  1. Open My Computer. Go to: Tools > Folder Options.
  2. Click the File Types tab.
  3. Scroll down, and select the ODM file type.
    Screen shot of the Folder Options dialog box
  4. The extension should be set to "OverDrive Media Console." If this is not the case, click Change and select OverDrive Media Console.
    • If "OverDrive Media Console" is not listed, click the Browse button. Select MediaConsole.exe from one of the following locations:
      64-bit Systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive Media Console
      32-bit Systems: C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console
      Note: You can find which system type you have by going to Start > Control Panel > System. Look under "System ."
      Screen shot of the Open With dialog box
  5. Click the OK button in each window to save the changes.
  6. Try downloading the title again.
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 04:26PM EDT

How to set OverDrive for Windows to open ODM files automatically

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Sometimes a "file association" error occurs in Windows. What this means is that OverDrive's app is not set to open ODM files. The ODM file is used to download an audiobook. If it doesn't work when you try to open it, please follow the steps below.

Associate ODM files to OverDrive's app in Windows Vista, 7, or 8

  1. Windows 7 or Vista: Click Start, and type "Default Programs" into the search box. Press Enter.
    Windows 8: Use the Search charm to search for "Default Programs." Charms pop out from the right edge of your screen.
  2. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
  3. Scroll down, and select the ODM file type.
    Screen shot showing the Set Associations dialog box
  4. The extension should be set to "OverDrive Media Console" (under "Current Default"). If this is not the case, click Change program . . .
  5. Windows 7 or Vista: Click the Browse button and select OverDrive Media Console from one of the locations below:
    Windows 8: Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window and click Look for another app on this PC. Then, select MediaConsole.exe from one of these locations:
    • 64-bit Systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive Media Console
    • 32-bit Systems: C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console
      Note: You can find which system type you have by going to Start > Control Panel > System. Look under "System Type."
  6. Click OK, then close to save the changes.
  7. Try downloading the title again.

Associate ODM files to OverDrive's app in Windows XP

  1. Open My Computer. Go to: Tools > Folder Options.
  2. Click the File Types tab.
  3. Scroll down, and select the ODM file type.
    Screen shot of the Folder Options dialog box
  4. The extension should be set to "OverDrive Media Console." If this is not the case, click Change and select OverDrive Media Console.
    • If "OverDrive Media Console" is not listed, click the Browse button. Select MediaConsole.exe from one of the following locations:
      64-bit Systems: C:\Program Files (x86)\OverDrive Media Console
      32-bit Systems: C:\Program Files\OverDrive Media Console
      Note: You can find which system type you have by going to Start > Control Panel > System. Look under "System ."
      Screen shot of the Open With dialog box
  5. Click the OK button in each window to save the changes.
  6. Try downloading the title again.
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