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Editing a Windows Picture and Fax Viewer photo

by dkc_2001 / November 27, 2004 8:09 AM PST

When I hit edit, MS Paint launches as the default editor. How do I (or can I) change it to Adobe Photoshop? I like P&F Viewer to scan photos, but it would be nice to open Photoshop as my editor.

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Re: Editing a Windows Picture and Fax Viewer photo
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 27, 2004 8:23 AM PST

Find a picture file that you want Adobe Photoshop to open, right click it, then choose "Open with".

The next step depends upon which Windows OS you are using.

If Windows XP, a new menu will appear. Select Choose program. In the dialogue window that appears scrol down and highlight Adobe Photoshop. Make sure the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is ticked, then click OK.

If Windows 9x or ME, you will go straight to the Open with dialogue window.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Editing a Windows Picture and Fax Viewer photo
by dkc_2001 / November 27, 2004 12:03 PM PST

I know, I just wanted to change the edit button on the Picture and Fax viewer from Paint, thanks.

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Re: Editing a Windows Picture and Fax Viewer photo
by sheilakmcd / November 28, 2004 6:31 PM PST

Left click Start-My Computer-Tools-Folder Options-File Types-JPG

This window says Opens with Microsoft Picture and Fax Viewer. DO NOT click the Change button. Go to the bottom of this window and click Advanced.

In this new window, under Actions, click Open, to higlight it, then click Edit. In Application Used to Perform This Action: Delete the path that is showing and enter the path to the program you want to open when you click the Edit button.

In my case I changed it to
"C:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe"

Repeat as needed for other file types JPEG, JPE, etc.

Now when I click on a JPG file, it opens in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer as usual. But when I click Edit while in this program, it opens in Irfanview instead of Paint.

P.S. Before you delete the original path, you may want to copy and paste it to notepad, and save it as a text file in your Documents with a name you recognize, in case you ever want to change it back.

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by 3_dog_knight / February 13, 2010 12:06 AM PST

I was also looking for a way to do this and although the above reply did not work for me, it did help me figure it out so thanks to sheilakmcd for taking the time to explain. And if you want it to work do what it says EXCEPT do not click on 'Open' as this will just make your new program open any time you click on that file type. My computer only had 'Open' and 'Print to' as options and you do now want either one of these but don't panic. What you want to do is click 'New'. You will now see 2 boxes. The top one says 'Action'. In this box type 'edit'. Then hit browse and find the execution file of the program you want to edit with and it will put its path in the bottom box automatically. Click ok and your done. It will now open with Windows Picture and Fax Viewer but transfer to your selected program rather than Paint when you hit the edit button.

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