"Open With" menu - Change the program names?

One of our users has Office 2003 and Office 2007 installed.  He wanted his Excel 2003 to be the default Excel program when he opened Excel documents, so I found an article explaining the registry modification to allow 2003 to be default.  However, he occasionally opens up 2007 Excel files and would like to simply right click on them, and choose "open with" and choose Excel 2007.  The problem is, when he right clicks and does the "open with" command, there are two "Microsoft Office Excel" options, and they aren't descriptive enough to give their version names.  I have to believe there is a way to add the "2003" or "2007" to these names, but I can't figure it out.  We do know that the first Excel shortcut is the 2007 one, and he can remember that, but it would be nice to append the version to the shortcut names.  Any ideas?  By the way, he is running XP Pro version of Windows.
LVL 1
jbobstAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Edit the name value at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\OpenWithList for one of the Excel entries
After rebooting check whether this applies to 2003 or 2007 then edit both entries appropriately
Carlisle_AgentCommented:
If you dont feel comfortable changing regedit above, might have to end up dealing with it since the file uses the same program but just different versions of it. I would consider using 3rd party app to open or use excelviewer:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=10
Having a different program would list it differently in "open with" options.
jbobstAuthor Commented:
Masqueraid,  Under the "OpenWithList" folder in the registry, all I see is a (Default) REG_SZ with no data in it.  Could there be another place where I edit the name?
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Sorry, in transit.
What I've given you won't work easily as both "excel"s have the same internal program name.
What's needed is to add a context menu for .xls (+ other extensions if needed) and point them at the path for the Excel you want

Try playing with this:
ftp://ftp.sac.sk/pub/sac/utilfile/cnxtedit.zip

Use it to create a rule for .xls (it will probably redirect you to the Excel Workbook Master) Then create a new context entry called 'Open with Excel 2007', browse to the Excel2007  .exe and let the utility set up the Open With %1 key.
Then try that on a real workbook, check it does what you want then add another menu entry for Excel 2003.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
jbobstAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information.  At this point, he knows which Excel is 2007 and which is 2003, and since he is the only one with this "problem", I am just going to leave it alone as I don't want to get too far into something I don't understand.  Thanks!
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft Office

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.