===========================================Wayne said:Until yesterday, whenever I would view a .JPG in Windows
Picture and Fax Viewer, I could click on the icon to close
the viewer and reopen the .JPG for editing. Whenever I
did, the Microsoft Photo Editor would open. Now all of a
sudden, when I do this, Microsoft Paint opens.
I have read every "help" file I can find, but I cannot
figure it out. I really do not like Paint for photo
editing. How can I get the viewer to start opening Photo
Did you change/update anything on your computer?
Did you uninstall any programs? Microsoft Photo Editor
was part of an older MSOffice program wasn't it?
If Microsoft Photo Editor is currently installed on your
computer, you should be able to go to...Start / Search...
type in...Microsoft Photo Editor...and find it. If you find
it, you can use the following instructions to set it as your
default image editor.
MSPaint is the default image editor in Windows XP...
It can be changed as follows if you are comfortable
working in your registry.
IMPORTANT: This message contains information
about modifying the registry. Before you modify the
registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that
you understand how to restore the registry if a problem
occurs. For information about how to back up, restore,
and edit the registry, click the following link to view the
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(256986) Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
OK...go to...Start / Run and type in..."regedit" without
the quotes. Then click OK or press...Enter.
In the Registry Editor...drill down to:
In the Data column you should see the following string:
(where you see *mspaint* in the example....you will see
your current default)
Replace the string with the path to the program that will
be your default image editor. I wanted Picture It! 7 so
the following is what I changed to.
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Picture It! 7\pip.exe" "%1"
Now, my images still open in the Picture and Fax viewer
but if I click the Edit button...Picture It! 7 opens.