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    Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    This is probably NOT about internet explorer but I don't know where else to post this - sorry.

    I use Microsoft Photo Editor and and very pleased with it. Since it does everything I need doing, and does it well and quickly, I do not want to upgrade to another program.

    My problem is that Photo Editor "hijacks" all my gifs and jpgs and opens them there even when I try to open them in IE. I have gone into Folder Options, file types and set gifs and jpegs to open in MSIE and STILL PHOTO EDITOR HIJACKS THEM <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>. I have gone into IE and to File-> open and browsed to the gif or jpeg and I want and clicked open and IT OPENS IN PHOTO EDITOR. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> I even downloaded and installed Netscape to see if I could open them there and ... THEY OPEN IN PHOTO EDITOR . <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

    The only way I can get them to open in a browser is to first put them into front page and then save the page and then open that page in a browser.

    ARRGGGHHH. Can anyone anywhere help me? <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> I really like photo editor. It is easy and I do not want to have to learn a more complicated program when I do not need one.

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    Thanks - I'll try it. (Actually when my friend gets home tonight I'll get him to try it - I am deadly and have sworn off messing with the registry). I had already done what the previous poster had recommended.

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    If the above information helps you, then good. If not, then we need to change this in the registry. To find out what program opens a given file extension is a two step process -- first look in HKCR.ext to find out the "File Type", then look int HKCR(File Type)shell and HKCR(File Type)shellopen to find out what the default opening program is. [Where (File Type) is the name of the file type seen in the .ext key and .ext is the extension in question -- e.g., .jpg].

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    In Windows 2000, if I right-click a GIF or JPG, I can choose Open With and then Internet Explorer. That isn't super-convenient, and it does nothing for Outlook, but it's a start. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Right-click and Send To also is a multiple-click option (you need to have a shortcut to iexplore.exe in the cocuments and Settings<username>SendTo or c:windowssendto folder, as the case may be).

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    Once a file extension has been associated with a File Type and a shell open command, the "Open With..." right-click Context Menu entry disappears. You can make it reappear if you hold down the Shift key and then right-click -- but I found that to be variable in its reliability.

    Instead, you can modify your registry to make "Open With" always appear. The .reg file to do this is:

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    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellopenascommand]
    @="C:WINDOWSrundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1"

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    Yes, Windows 98 was a bit flaky in that department.

    I've never seen or, I don't think, executed a .reg file with a wildcard in the key name. As there are hundreds of keys under HKCU, it seems rather bold to do that. Or is that just a short-hand notation and the file should be edited to match an actual key?

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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    No, it is the actual key name! It just means "all extensions". It should -- or could -- be in WindowsNT/2K as well. The "Classes_Root" section of the registry is like the "reptilian brain" of Windows -- almost all OS's treat this area the same. On your system, I would guess that you will find the "*" key and it should have at least one sub-key: "shellex" (Shell Extensions). In there should be "ContextMenuHandlers" and "PropertySheetHandlers".

    It is quite viable to use the 'wildcard' HKCR key. For example, if you wanted to make it so that ALL file extensions could be opened in Notepad, you would add this:
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    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellopennotepad]
    @="Open &with Notepad"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellopennotepadcommand]
    @="C:WINDOWSNotepad.exe %1"
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    Now every file will have the right-click menu that says "Open with Notepad". Obviously on a Win2K system the path to notepad is different.
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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    Oh wow, I guess I didn't give you or Microsoft credit for that one. It appears that the generic Open With option in Windows 2000 is set up under the Shell Extensions. Does Win98 look at all like this? Do you think the equivalent values would solve the shifty shift key problem?
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    Re: Opening gifs and jpgs (6.0)

    No, in Win98 the shellex key under the wildcard (*) does have the ContextMenuHandlers and the PropertySheetHandlers sub-keys, but there is no entry for "Open With". This was added in Win2K -- I believe. It comes as little surprise that the listed CLSID ({09799...}) is also not registered in Win98. The Win98 Shell32.dll may not even contain this resource -- I do not know.

    As for solving the "shift key problem", my first post does that. The shift key is by design. This is for "Extendend Verbs":

    When the user right-clicks an object, the shortcut menu contains all the normal verbs. However, there could be commands that you want to support but not have displayed on every shortcut menu. For example, you could have commands that are not commonly used or that are intended for experienced users. For this reason, you can also define one or more extended verbs. These verbs are also character strings and are similar to normal verbs. They are distinguished from normal verbs by the way they are registered. To have access to the commands associated with extended verbs, ***the user must right-click an object while pressing the SHIFT key***. The extended verbs will then be displayed along with the normal verbs.

    Defining Extended Verbs
    You can also use the registry to define one or more extended verbs. ***The associated commands will be displayed only when the user right-clicks an object while also pressing the SHIFT key.*** To define a verb as extended, simply add an "extended" REG_SZ value to the verb's subkey. The value should not have any data associated with it.
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    So, to eliminate the shift key problem, you can remove the "extended" string value. :-]

    This is an excellent discussion of working in this section of the registry. I suspect you will find it interesting.

    You may find this list of HKCR objects of interest:

    Subkey = Description

    * = All files
    AllFileSystemObjects = All files and file folders
    Folder = All folders
    Directory = File folders

    Enjoy your registry!

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