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Windows 7: Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog

04 May 2016   #1
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog

Back in XP I used to be able to edit file associations by selecting one and then I'd get a dialog of the verbs and other stuff. At least I think it was XP. I could even add a verb such as say Edit2 so if I right clicked on a file, I would see Edit & Edit2 and be able to choose which program to invoke. Kind of like open with I guess.

Anyway I'm looking for this dialog in Win 7 and can't find it. Is it there? If so, how do I get to it. Or do I now have to do it directly in the registry?


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04 May 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You can right click any file type and use Open with and point it to a program you want to use
Check the box to do it every time.
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04 May 2016   #3
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Yes, but that doesn't let me add a verb
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04 May 2016   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I recently had a problem where I needed to register a program to open a file type as "non default" application.

I used OpenWithAdd. You can get it here (Option 2 -Step 1 for download link)

Open with - Add Program

So in my case for .dat files PotPlayer is default but VoodooShield also needed to be added in order to work with another program.

You can type your own name for the application that you need to appear in "Open With" menu.
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04 May 2016   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That dialog no longer exists. The last version featuring it was XP.
The vastly inferior Windows Explorer of Vista and latter simply doesn't includes any feature to edit the context menu. The "Default program" control panel applet is the closest thing, but it's ridiculously limited, only capable of setting the double click program.

You can resort to third party software providing similar functions, but what I would suggest is changing it yourself by directly editing the relevant registry entries. It takes a little to get used to the exact things, but once learned it gives far more control that the XP dialog.
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05 May 2016   #6
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

thanks

Yes, it looks like you can only modify open. Not edit or any other verb let alone adding a new verb.

Looks like I have to tweak the registry. It appears I can do it in two ways. I used .txt as my test bed.

1 - Add your program with extra verbs

Add via the open with as described elsewhere
- or -
Find the extension in HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts. Add your program to the OpenWithList key (attachment A).

Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog-snapa.jpg

Then add your program to the UserChoice as in attachment B.
Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog-snapb.jpg

Then find your program in HCU\Software\Classes\Applications\<your program>\shell. Add your new command as in attachment C.
Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog-snapc.jpg
You probably need to add these keys unless you do the open with. I had done that so this entry was there but I suspect it would not be otherwise.

2 - Leave the default open alone and change the default program. In this case, the default was txtfile so I added myopen to the txtfile keys under HKLM\Software\Classes\txtfile (attachment D).
Where is the Updating File Association Verb Editor / Dialog-snapd.jpg

I would probably use the first method unless I wanted to add functionality to everything txtfile handles. Like if I wanted to add functionality to both .txt and .log both of which are handled by txtfile.


I do have a question if any forum gurus are here. I sort of manually inserted my attachments inline after uploading by getting the image location and inserting images inline. Then I deleted the attachments. Is this legit or am I likely to see the images disappear?


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05 May 2016   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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05 May 2016   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Okay I understand that you want to modify "Edit" context menu entry. Originally I read it as "Add Edit With (Program Name)" to "Open With" context menu entry.
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05 May 2016   #9
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

It was a two-fold question. I have modified verbs like edit in the past. But I have also added verbs such as adding edit2. It depends on the circumstance. I admit it is a bit of a tempest in a teapot as most of the time, just adding my program to open and making it the default is sufficient. But having a preference for sometimes addding / modifying other verbs and knowing windows had a nice little interface for doing that in XP lead me to post the question. And when it appeared that microsoft had removed this, I just figured that I'd figure it out and post my findings. Hopefully someone else may benefit.

So I guess I'll mark this as solved although solved with a sad face given the answer is to edit the registry.
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05 May 2016   #10
spokey

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
thanks. changed the attachments to Shawn's tutorial.
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