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Windows 7: How does one modify advanced options for a file type?

22 Nov 2010   #1
ThisIsBill

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 
How does one modify advanced options for a file type?

How does one modify the advanced options for a file type? Example, .PDF files.

In Windows XP, navigate to Windows Explorer, Tools>Folder Options>File Types, find .PDF. Then click Advanced, in there you have the actionc menu (Open, Print, Printto).
I am able to determin how to open and set the file association as listed above, but are curious if these advanced features are availble in Windows 7.

Comparing the registry from an XP to 7 PC I see they share common keys for this:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.Document\Shell\print\command
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AcroExch.FDFDoc\shell\Print\command
etc.
My question is how is this accessable via the GUI or do we have to mod registry to correct Print and Print to functions?

Thanks in advance.


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26 Nov 2010   #2
ThisIsBill

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

Wow, I think I stumped the most knowledge filled site out there. Makes me wonder if this was an over site on the Windows dev groups...
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26 Nov 2010   #3
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Bill, welcome to the forums! Could you please tell us what is it that you want to accomplish.

While you're at it, take a look at this Microsoft article related to file associations.

In addition, take a look at the tutorial by Brink related to file associations. At the bottom of the page you will find other tutorial on the same or similar topic.

I hope that helps.
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26 Nov 2010   #4
ThisIsBill

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

Hi Unifex,

Thanks for the reply, I hope I did not come across the wrong way. I have reviewed this and other articles by Brink (very informative), but are curious of the more advanced file association features available in Win 7 that XP had offered. Take a look at my post and compare to an XP machine to get a better idea. They are not to be found in Win 7, unless we dig through the registry.

I am not sure if these are critical in Win 7, or if simply re-installing an application would do the trick for re-creating those advanced options.

In my example .PDF is set to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 9. In XP we had advanced features to choose from like "Print" and "Printto" commands to assist in those functions.

Imagine this scenario: client receives an email with a .PDF attached, if they right click on the attachment and choose "print" without opening the file it will open and print the item, BUT only if the advanced option of "Print" is configured with in the file association. I had a scenario like this and had to manually add back the advanced association of "print" and the matching string in order for it to work.

So, in short (too late) are those advanced settings available via the GUI in Win 7 or are we forced to uninstall and reinstall an application and/or manually edit registry on effected machines with like scenarios?

Thanks again for your time.
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26 Nov 2010   #5
Kari

 

Am I missing something? Using Outlook 2010 in Windows 7, if I right click an email attachment file and choose Quick Print from context menu, it prints the said file. By default, without changing any of the file properties.
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26 Nov 2010   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I am confused as well. So you want to be able to print the email attachment without opening the file? Or this is just an example and you want to edit context menus in general?

See, if I right-click on a file in Windows Explorer, I get a context menu. More often than not (i.e. if Windows "knows" the file type) there is an option to print the file (without opening). This is exactly the same as in XP. If I choose this option, it simply sends the file to the default printer (although first it opens the file in the default application - this is the same as in XP as well).

Now, if I right-click on a file which is attached to an email, then I guess the context menu depends on the email client. I use either web-based email or Thunderbird. Neither have an option to print right away without saving, at least not that I can see. I don't use Outlook, so I will trust Kari on that one.

Indeed, I haven't seen anything resembling that advanced tab in File Types from XP that you are missing. The list of file associations, similar to that File Type tab in XP can be found in Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Set Associations. But there is no "advanced" tab or button there, at least in my system.

At the same time, I looked in that Advanced tab in my old XP laptop. Indeed you have three entries there for e.g. pdf and txt files (I looked up these two), open, print and printto. All three point to the same thing - Acrobat for pdf, Notepad for txt. But, whatever I try doing with either txt files or pdf files without opening them, is the same in both OSs - I right-click, get context menu, choose whatever option I need.

So, is your problem that you want to edit these context menus or that somehow your context menus got corrupted and you are missing one of entries there, such as print, and so again, you need to edit the context menus, or finally, is your question specific to email attachments?

I mean, Windows 7 is not exactly XP, there are some similarities, but it's a different OS. You don't expect to have exactly the same set of options here. You definitely have an opportunity to achieve your goal, but sometimes it's done slightly differently.
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26 Nov 2010   #7
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I don't use Outlook, so I will trust Kari on that one.
Thanks for trusting me

But, if you don't have the proof it didn't happen, as they say:

How does one modify advanced options for a file type?-outlook_print_attachment.png


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26 Nov 2010   #8
ThisIsBill

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

All,

I apologize for the confusion, let me clarify. I currently do not have any challenges with the OS (Win 7), I had a challenge with a client (XP) with this scenario, this had raised my curiosity and I asked myself, where would I find this adjustment in Win 7. I looked and was not able to find it, I did see that they shared the same registry keys for the commands and assumed it was possible via the GUI.

To really shorten the question, is how can I find what is in the attached image (If I did it correct) in Windows 7.

Again, my apologies for the confusion.


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How does one modify advanced options for a file type?-advanced.png  
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26 Nov 2010   #9
Kari

 

I'm still missing something, at least I think so.

You don't have to tell Seven anything like that. If you choose Print from menu or context menu, regardless which file type is in question, Seven opens the print dialog where you choose which printing device you want to use, and prints the file.
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27 Nov 2010   #10
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

As I said in the previous post, to the best of my knowledge there is no such setting in Windows 7.

To be honest, I don't see a point in having it, unless you want to have one default program to open the file and another program to handle the default printing. But I don't see what difference does it make, which program handles the printing, as long as the file gets printed.

In Windows 7 this can be done from various menus and context menus. Sometimes the files gets sent directly to the default printer, sometimes it opens a print dialog for you so that you can choose the printer yourself. I believe this depends on the setting in the program that opens files by default.
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