Categories




Still have a problem? Ask for help at our discussion forum.
Search


Advanced Search
Article Options
Popular Articles
  1. Handwrite for MSN Messenger
  2. Win2000 Logon Screen
  3. The difference between 64 and 32 bit processors
  4. Windows XP FAQ T
  5. Windows XP FAQ P
No popular articles found.

 »  Home  »  User Interface Page 1  »  Removing Preview options for images and others
Removing Preview options for images and others
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 1 | Unrated
Removing Preview options for images and others

In WinXP, there are certain default right click menu associations on some file types, such as images, audio, video, etc. These can often interfere with your chosen default apps for handling these file types (such as ACDSee or others). Images are a prime example -- no matter what other app you install for manipulating images, the "Preview" option is always the default, which goes and runs the Windows Image and Fax Viewer. I finally found the solution to this. In the registry are the following series of keys:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\audio\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\WMPAddToPlaylist
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\ShellImagePreview
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\video\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WMPAddToPlaylist
And so on.

Any entry in the ContextMenuHandler key will override whatever you try and do, there's no easy way of telling it you want a different default option. This leaves us with deleting these keys as a final solution. As always, back up your registery before doing any changes.

How would you rate the quality of this article?
1 2 3 4 5
Poor Excellent
Tell us why you rated this way (optional):

Send to Author Post on Site

Comments
  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    you do not make it simple. it should read repair color and a box to click and that is all.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Rating
    Thanks!Every little bit helps in the stygian task of mopping up microsoft nonsense
     
Submit Comment