Windows XP - programs to open JPEGS etc.

  the hick 16:26 27 Aug 2005

On Win XP, when right-click on photo file, 'open with' appears in the menu, then several programs. How do I add or delete from this list of programs to use, when the one I want is not in the list of other programs immediately below? If I 'browse', the prog. will not stay in the 'open with' list. Any advice appreciated, thank you.

  sharpyspooks 16:30 27 Aug 2005

I dont think you can except for uninstalling the programs that use the file or to associate the file you are using for the specific file. If you know how to use the windows registry editor(regedit) you can maybe to it from there

  Diodorus Siculus 16:31 27 Aug 2005

O'Reilly Network: Hacking Windows XP, Part 2
"Clean Up the "Open With" Option

When you right-click on a file, one of the menu options is Open With, which provides a list of programs for you to open the file with.

This list changes according to the type of file you're clicking. Depending on the file type, the lists can get long, because programs frequently add themselves to this list when you install them.

Making things worse, there are times when the listed programs aren't applicable. For example, do you really want to open a .bmp bitmap graphics file with Microsoft Word? I think not.

You can clean up the Open With list by using a Registry hack.

Run the Registry Editor and go to


Look for the file extension whose Open With list you want to edit and find its

OpenWithList subkey-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.bmp\OpenWithList,

for example. The subkey will have an alphabetical list of String values.

Open each value and examine the value data. It will be the name of one of the programs on the Open With list (Winword.exe, for example).

Delete any entry you don't want to appear. Don't delete the value data; delete the String value listing.

In other words, if the value data for the a String value is Winword.exe, delete the entire string rather than just the value data. Exit the Registry."

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  eddie937 16:40 27 Aug 2005

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  eddie937 16:41 27 Aug 2005

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