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    Microsoft Office (2002)

    How to change the graphic editor to Paint Shop Pro ?

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    I do NOT think one can change it to anything different.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    I agree with Dave. I just looked to see where that information is stored & as far as I can tell, it's at

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0WordOpt ions

    The data name is PICEDITCLASS & the value will be listed as something like MS PhotoEd.3 or Word.Picture.# (where number is a version number). Since no path is given, I think they may be hard coded into Word.

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    Hi Phil,

    I always wondered about this too, especially since there was a drop down in the options dialog for this (I think that came in with 97). I'm looking at Word XP and it shows "MSPhotoEd.3" as the value in the reg but this and Word (ugh) in the option dialog. Actually, the value in the option dialog is "Microsoft Photo Editor 3.0 Ph" - the value is cut off after the "Ph" in the drop down. So my first question would be how is the correspondence made between the drop down value and the reg key value.

    When I look for MSPhotoEd.3 using Win search (or even just MSPhotoEd), I find nothing but PhotoEd.exe exists in a path of
    C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedPhotoEd (Word XP on Win 98).

    So my second question would be, how does PhotoEd.exe correspond to either/both of the values in the reg key and/or the option drop down.

    So I tried a little experiment. I changed the name of PhotoEd.exe to PhotoEed.exe. I tried to open a jpg by double clicking it. Expectedly, Win came back with an error msg (unexpected msg, tho, of "Win installer failed to install the program associated with this file. contact your sys admin"; I expected the usual choose a pgm to open the file with). With PhotoEd still renamed, I went into Word and did an Insert Picture of that same jpg. When selected, I got the Picture toolbar and could edit it in terms of contrast adjustment, brightness adjustment, etc. But the "Edit Picture" item on the context menu was grayed out (as it was on the Edit menu). I then changed the name of PhotoEed.exe back to PhotoEd.exe and no diff as to editing the picture in Word. Maybe that's an install option that I just didn't pick (since I don't usually edit pictures anywhere, especially not in word).

    On our other computer (Word 2000 on Win XP), I tried bringing in a jpg. There, only Word is in the picture editor drop down. My wife uses that PC and probably would die first before using Word or MS Photo Editor as a pic editor. So maybe we didn't choose something during the install and Word is the default. When checking the reg key (for V9), there is no key for the PICEDITCLASS (the key with "MSPhotoEd.3" on my pc). So maybe we didn't even install Photo Editor on her PC when installing Office. A search of "photoed" turned up nothing.

    But on her PC, when inserting the jpg and right clicking, I did get the Edit Picture menu item. When clicking it, though, I got the weirdest msg - thesaurus not installed and would you like to install it. I know we didn't install the thesaurus when installing Office on her pc but not sure what this has to do with editing a picture. Even tho I said no to the thesaurus install, Word when ahead and tried installing it - install the CD, etc. Finally, I was able to cancel this install attempt and was put into a screen with an Edit Picture toolbar (2 buttons) and the picture seemingly in an edit mode (like a new screen with "crop marks" on the corners of the pic - similar to one would get when double clicking an embedded object and being able to work with the object in its native pgm).

    But since you've traced the reg key, would it be possible to change the reg key to what you want and stick something into the folder that points to the desired program - maybe a shortcut or... But it would seem that my 2nd question above might be key (pun intended) to understanding how that drop down gets populated (maybe that's part of the install). I think you're right about the part of a path being hard coded in Word.

    Fred

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    Hi Fred:
    The option in the registry & the dropdown should correspond. Make sure in the Options box that you change it & click OK. In regedit, you will have to click F5 to refresh the screen, but they should definitely correspond.

    If you right click on Photoed.exe & choose properties, the version number is 3.01.3, so that's where the 3 comes in. (This is with Word 2000, but MS may not have a newer version for PhotoEditor.)
    Cheers,

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    Phil,

    At the risk of disagreeing with you, I wasn't trying to change between the diff pic eds available on my installation; I was trying to see the association of names between what's shown in:
    - the registry, per the key you id'd
    - the values in the Word drop down box for the option
    - the names of files installed on my PC

    My question still is what file these correspond to, since Search/Find File didn't turn up anything looking like MS Photo... Understand that PhotoEd may be version 3 and hence the match to something.3 between the reg and the drop down. But how does Word/Win make the jump from MSPhoto in the reg and the options (which are still different literal values, at least for MS Photo Ed) to Photoed.exe in a folder (if that what the association is)? If we could solve that, it might be possible to answer the original question at changing the pic editor to something else.

    Anyone game for trying to change the reg key value and put the program (or a short cut) into the folder where PhotoEd.exe resides?

    Fred

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    Re: Microsoft Office (2002)

    Hi Fred:
    No problem in disagreeing <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>...that's what stimulates discussion. I don't know how Word goes from photoed.exe to MSPhotoEd.3 to the registry. I'm guessing it's hardwired. I ran a utility to see what changes are made in the registry when you switch photo editors & that's how I came up with the registry key.
    Cheers,

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