A question asked from one of our reader, he wants to know how to change the default editor when click right click an image and click Edit. By default Windows will open the image in Paint. This is pretty much a useless app to do any photo editing or retouching. A more practical approach will be edit a photo in Photoshop or some other useful photo editor tools like .NET Paint etc.
Here Is How You Can Change The Default Edit Command To Open Images in Photoshop
Launch regedit.exe from start menu.
Go to navigate to
Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\edit\command change the default value
"%systemroot%\system32\mspaint.exe" "%1" to something else. But before you make any changes, go and find the right path to the application you want.
In my case, I will change the default editor to Photoshop, replace the existing value to something like below. Pick the path according to your own application, and be sure to keep the %1 at the end, this will ensure the editor will open the current image.
"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\Photoshop.exe" "%1"
Now once you are done, you can go ahead and give it a try. No restart necessary. Now when you right click any image and click Edit this will now go straight to Photoshop. Pretty handy shortcut !
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Last updated: 08/04/2014