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For some reason my default editor has been changed and I cannot change it back.  It was FrontPage and now it is Excel.

Attached is the registers.  The Internet Explorer show Frontpage as the editor, but it is not the editor, it is Excel

What do I need to do to change that?
Do you need addition information, if so, what?
Register.docx
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Question by:Don-White
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by:solomonacquah
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Is the .htm extension registered with FrontPage in windows explorer under file types?
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by:Don-White
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How do you check that?

I attached what I think you are asking.

Register1.docx
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by:solomonacquah
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see attached screenshot
file-extensions.png
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by:Don-White
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Yes, my screen is the same as your shot.

See attached file
Screen-1.docx
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by:solomonacquah
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Found this link to a script. I would run it and retype the path to FrontPage.

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/htmleditor.htm
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by:Don-White
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I followed the instruction for making frontpage the default, but it did not work.

Under tools for IE it states the editor is frontpage but is not the default, it is Excel as you can see in the attached.

Attached is another screen print
screen-2.docx
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by:Don-White
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The script does change the default to frontpage, but when you have a page up and want to edit it and you select file and look for the editor, it is Excel not frontpage.However going to tools and internet options it has frontpage as the editor.

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by:sramesh2k
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Click Start, Run. Type Regedit.exe and press ENTER.
Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command

Double-click (default) and set its value data as:

C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\FRONTPG.EXE /dde

Exit the Registry Editor.
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by:sramesh2k
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Also, check your settings here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command
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by:Don-White
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I changed the register, but not sure I did it correctly.  

See attached file.

Anyway what I changed did not work.  It still has excel as the editor
register.docx
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by:sramesh2k
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Meant to include this location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command

(Also, check your settings here)

And, I don't have a .docx viewer. Can you save as DOC and upload the screenshot?
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Attached is the screen shot
register.doc
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Don,

You're editing the wrong key. Please check the registry branch you're editing.
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OK, I have the correct one now.

It still shows Excel as the editor.

See attached file.  I edited both HTM and HTML.


Register-1.doc
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by:sramesh2k
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Still editing the wrong key, Don. You're in the MHTML Editor branch.

After editing, can you export these two keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor

and post the contents here?
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by:Don-White
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Have I corrected the correct ones now?

I still get excel as default, but under IE tools the default editor is frontpage but when I click files the editor is Excel

What am I doing wrong?


See attached for the screen prints
Register-2.doc
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by:sramesh2k
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Please export the following keys (to a .REG file format), rename them to .txt and upload.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor

That where all the HTML editor settings are stored.
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by:Don-White
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How do I upload them?

I have it save as a text file under notepad
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by:sramesh2k
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Are you able to attach them the same way as you attached .doc files here?
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by:Don-White
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I do not understand how to do that.  Where do I do it from?

when I edit regedit it has on import.  If I do that it will destroy all the registers want it?

How do I attach the 3 lines to the registers?
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by:Don-White
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Attached is screen prints for the 3 registers showing frontpg.exe as default.

It is still excel as the default.


3-places.doc
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by:sramesh2k
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Registry export is what I wanted, so that I can check every setting in there. It's a .REG file viewable using Notepad (using File - Open)


In the meantime, try this as well:

Click Start, Run. Type:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\FRONTPG.EXE"

Press ENTER

Does FrontPage 2003 start correctly?
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by:Don-White
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I tried to upload my register file but was over 50 MB

I ran the file you suggested and it did run frontpage correctly.
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It appears that you tried to export the *entire* registry. We just need to export the three branches above, by visiting each branch and exporting them from the File menu.

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by:Don-White
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I sent them to you above as a doc file called 3-places.

Here they are again.
3-places.doc
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by:sramesh2k
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The .doc screenshots don't go in much detail. The .REG files are what I really need.
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by:Don-White
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I saved the different part and tried to rename for a txt file and it hangs up and will not allow me to rename the files.   I right click and it just hangs up.

What do I need to do?

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by:sramesh2k
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Click Start, Run and type the following command:

REG EXPORT "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor" "%userprofile%\desktop\key1.txt"

Press ENTER.

Similarly run the following commands:

REG EXPORT "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor" "%userprofile%\desktop\key2.txt"
REG EXPORT "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor" "%userprofile%\desktop\key3.txt"

Paste the contents of the files Key1.txt, Key2.txt & Key3.txt (created in your Desktop) here.
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor]
"ProgID"="FrontPage.Editor.Document"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit]
@="&Edit"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Office\\OFFICE11\\frontpg.exe\" \"%1\""

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec]
@="[Open(\"%1\")]"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Application]
@="Frontpg"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Topic]
@="System"

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor]
"Description"="Microsoft Office FrontPage"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit]
@="&Edit"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Office\\OFFICE11\\frontpg.exe\" \"%1\""

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec]
@="[Open(\"%1\")]"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Application]
@="Frontpg"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Topic]
@="System"


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit]
@="&Edit"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command]
@=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,\
  00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,\
  66,00,74,00,20,00,4f,00,66,00,66,00,69,00,63,00,65,00,5c,00,4f,00,46,00,46,\
  00,49,00,43,00,45,00,31,00,31,00,2f,00,66,00,72,00,6f,00,6e,00,74,00,70,00,\
  67,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,00,00
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by:Don-White
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I am waiting on help from the request above.  I do not know what to do next.

I will be out of town for the next few days.
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Don,

The HTML editor registry settings seems to be correct (and I could see no traces of excel.exe in there). Only other thing that I think of, is to run Process Monitor, collect the log and attach the log file here.

For more information on generating a log file using Process Monitor see the following KB:

How to use the Process Monitor tool to generate a log file for an application in the SoftGrid virtual environment:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939896

(Ignore references to "SoftGrid")
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by:Don-White
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I ran the Process monitor and the file is attached.
I had Html file open and when I looked at the editor from the file downdown menu it shows Excel as the editor.
Logfile.CSV
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Don,

Can you post the log file in the native PML format? That's easier to filter.
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<excerpted>
On the File menu, click Save to save the Process Monitor log file.
Under Events to save, click to select the All events check box.
Under Format, click to select the Native Process Monitor Format (PML) check box.
In the Path box, specify a location on the local hard disk where you want to save the file.
</excerpted>
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by:Don-White
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It will not let me upload as a PML file under the attach file below.
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by:Don-White
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I tried to upload again and get the same message:

"The extension of the uploaded file is not in the list of accepted extensions."
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by:sramesh2k
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Try zipping the file (.zip extension). If the extension is still not allowed, you may have to upload it to a free web hosting service, and provide the link here.
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by:Don-White
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I have tired to zip but it locks up my computer.

Where is a free hosting service?

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I uploaded the logfile.pml to the address below:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=a79f7676b58e453f0de4fc1039a01674e04e75f6e8ebb871

Let me know if you can access it OK.
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I'm downloading it right now (very slowly at 10K/sec). Will inspect the log and shall post back!
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I'm sorry that there are no references to "HTML Editor" in the log file. May be the timing of capture was incorrect.
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I have uploaded another capture, maybe this one will be a good one.

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=a79f7676b58e453f0de4fc1039a01674e04e75f6e8ebb871

Is there a better site to use for uploading files?  You state this one is slow and I agree.
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The new log file size is 160+ MB, which means that a lot of unneeded data is captured. Please follow the steps in:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/939896

so that you start capturing at the right time. It shouldn't take more than 20 MB for this.
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Importantly, add iexplore.exe to the filtering options (include)
And .zip the PML file before uploading.
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by:Don-White
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I followed your instructions, I hope.  If not please let me know what I am doing wrong.  

The zipped log file is on:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=a79f7676b58e453f0de4fc1039a01674e04e75f6e8ebb871

Thanks,
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Still no traces about "HTML Editor". The timing is still incorrect. Sorry, Don.
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How do I correct this?  what am I doing wrong?
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by:Don-White
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I did not edit the .osd file because you said to ignore any reference to softgrid.

Is this my problem?
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I'll put it in easy steps:

1. Close all running apps.
2. Start Process Monitor
3. Include "iexplore.exe" in the Filter so that only IE related data is captured/displayed.
4. Start monitoring in Process Explorer.
5. Open an IE window and browse a website (www.google.com)
6. From the File menu, choose "Edit..."
7. Switch to Process Monitor and stop monitoring
8. Save Process Monitor log to a PML file
9. Compress it and upload online.
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by:Don-White
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I followed your instructions and saved the file.  I hope I did it correctly.  I did not know how to stop the monitoring, but did everything else.

The address is :
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=a79f7676b58e453f0de4fc1039a01674e04e75f6e8ebb871
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by:Don-White
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I have been researching and found that MSOHTMED.EXE has something to do with the Internet editor.

Could this be the problem?   I did have Office 2003 and now have Office 2007 installed.

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Don,

Copy the following text (excluding the dashed lines) to Notepad:

- - -
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit]
@="&Edit"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command]
@="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MICROS~2\\OFFICE11\\FRONTPG.EXE /dde"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec]
@="[Open(\"%1\")]"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Application]
@="Frontpg"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Topic]
@="System"

- - -

Save the file as "fp.reg" (include the quotes)
Double-click fp.reg to run it.
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by:Don-White
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I did as stated and get an error when I try to run it.  The error is enclosed.
Reg.doc
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Enclosed is a screen print of the file from notepad
Reg-c.doc
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I still need your help on this one.

Thanks,

Don
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Sorry Don. I'm held up with other things. No clues till now. Shall post back if I find anything else from the log.
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by:Don-White
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I still need help in this problem
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by:Don-White
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This problem was not solved.  I am closing it out with hopes a solution will be found and I be notified later.

My HTM editor still shows Excel and I still cannot change it to Front Page.

Thanks for your help
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