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Windows 7 quirks - Edit file, and Bitmap

I have bitten the bullet and moved off XP <sigh>

I am transitioning ok, but have a few issues.

1) I can't seem to change the 'Right click>Edit" program.  I have Google-ed it, and found some stuff about Default program, but the option for RDP file extension is not there, and the windows don't match.  The 2 file edits I would like to change would be BMP >edit with paint, and RDP> edit with notepad.

2) I like the new paint ok, but now when I draw a line, it selects the line after I release the mouse, instead of letting me click and make a new line (I draw a line, and click, and it grabs the end of the line and reshapes it, ghaaa).  Is there a way to change this?
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jmcilhargeyCommented:
Right click on object and go to Properties. Once you have the details of the file click the Change button on the General tab. This will allow you to choose the application that the file opens with. You can browse and find the application to use as the default.
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
Please Note;
1) I can't seem to change the 'Right click>Edit"  program.

NOT the open option.
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jmcilhargeyCommented:
I believe the edit option will change depending on what the file opens with. If I change the open with option, the edit option will change as well. You can install a software called textpad which will give an option in right-click which can be chosen, just like the edit option.
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SemmetjuCommented:
http://defaultprogramseditor.com/
This is a nifty little program which allows you to change it.
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SemmetjuCommented:
@jmcilhargey
That's not true, i have my *.txt files associated with Notepad++ but chosing Right click-> Edit still opens notepad...
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
Ty all, but I am still looking for the windows method of changing the EDIT option (NOT THE OPEN).
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SemmetjuCommented:
As i said before:
This program can do that:
http://defaultprogramseditor.com/
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
I am not interested in a third party program, as it would require an install.

This used to be a simple setting in XP, not even sure were the reg hack is now.

Doing a third party install is not an option for me for bureaucratic reasons.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Actually the way Windows 7 works in this respect suits me very well and I like the fact that edit uses Notepad even though I have a different default text editor.

However, I have seen articles for replacing Notepad, and that may (or may not) help you. Take a look at this one for Notepad2. You may be able to adapt these instructions to your need.

http://www.techtipsgeek.com/remove-older-notepad-inject-latest-version-notepad2-windows-7/1891/

... Thinkpads_User
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
Ty Thinkpads_user. that is closest so far, but still didn't get me there.

The article basically replaces the notepad executable with a new renamed one.

For me this will not work;
rdp is the open and edit, so I can't replace it without breaking the open
bmp edit is acrobat, and I want to use it, just not for this file type.

Thank you, but still looking
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It may be that you will have to live with Windows 7 as it comes. Once you get used to Open With, it is quite good actually. I worked my way through Vista into Windows 7 (having run XP for years) and am now working on adapting to Windows 7 as this computer paradigm will evolve still further in future.

With respect to your initial post, when I double click on a .txt file, it opens with my own text editor (UltraEdit). If I right-click and Open, it opens with Notepad, and if I right click and Open With, it opens with my choice. I am happy with that.

... Thinkpads_User

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centervCommented:
Changing the default open with app is not always best practice but there are certainly times that
a file needs opening with another app.  Putting a shortcut in the user's SendTo folder, Notepad being
a common one as well a s cmd and so on, allows a user to right click the doc and SendTo to the app
you have availble that you put there.
Cheers
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
OK, I have fixed this for anyone who comes behind.
It is a reg hack, so all disclaimers apply.

I finally searched the entire registry for mstsc.exe and found what I was looking for;

Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RDP.file\shell\Edit\command
change the (Default) from mstsc.exe -edit "%1"
To notepad.exe "%1"

As for the paint question, I got one from MS, saying that is the way the new program works, get used to it.
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loftywormAuthor Commented:
No solution provided, points for participation.
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centervCommented:
Cheers  :-)
Thanks for update.
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