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How to Change the Default Image Editing Program on Windows

If you edit images a lot on your Windows PC, you probably would’ve considered changing the default image editing application on your PC. You can easily right-click on an image, highlight “Open with” and then select your image editing program but then, this renders the “Edit” option in the context menu useless as it automatically opens Paint, the default app for editing images on Windows.
open-with-photoshop
 
If you would like to change this to a 3rd party program like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP or Paint.Net, the little registry hack on this post should work for you.

1. On Win 8/10, right-click on the Start button and select Run. On Windows 7, search for Run from the Start menu.
2. Type regedit in the box and hit Enter.
3. Navigate to this location:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\edit\command
4. Right-click on Default and modify:
 
 
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