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Elements 12 opens but not with photo?

Nov 18, 2013 8:14 PM

Tags: #file #elements #open #12

When I double-click on a photo file (e.g. jpg) Elements 12 opens but the photo isn't in the Editor window. Double-clicking on the photo again opens the photo in the Editor window.


On all the other versions of Elements I have used, one double-click on a file opened Elements and the photo appeared in the Editor window.


Is Elements 12 different or is there something I need to change to make this work as it always did?


Thanks for your helpl and time.



  • 99jon
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    Nov 19, 2013 2:03 AM   in reply to theplanckster

    Hi Jerry, you need to set Windows default prefs.


    Right click on a jpeg and choose Open with

    Click Choose default program

    Click Browse button

    Click OS C:

    Double click: Program Files (x86)

    Double click: Adobe

    Double click: Photoshop Elements 12

    Highlight: PhotoshopElementsEditor

    Click Open

    Click OK


    N.B on 32 bit systems navigate to Program Files

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  • 99jon
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    Nov 19, 2013 7:24 AM   in reply to theplanckster

    Can you re-check. You should be seeing Photoshop Elements 12 Editor. See this similar thread from Brian:


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    Jan 9, 2014 6:32 AM   in reply to theplanckster

    I have a similar problem. With versions of Photoshop Elements prior to version 12, I was able to add an 'Open With' option in Windows so I could right-click on an image file, left-click on 'Open With', select the editor and the PSE Editor would launch with the image opened. I went straight to the editor if the image was jpg or straight to ACR if the image was DNG.


    With version 12, I cannot add the Editor executable to 'Open With', and if I add the generic executable, the editor opens when I use 'Open With', but my image is not opened. I have to go to File, then either Open (or open as RAW), navigate to the image, and finally open it. This defeats the purpose of using 'Open With'.


    I really have little need for the PSE Organizer, I want to open images directly from Windows Explorer in the editor of my choice, do my work and get out.  PSE 12 has features I want, but I may have to go back to PSE 11 unless somebody can provide a definative way to fix this - and I am pretty sure it will require a patch from Adobe.

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    Jan 9, 2014 7:15 AM   in reply to AgateReef

    I don't think your problem has anything to do with the others in that discussion.

    Your problem is the replacement of the 'Open with' option by the 'Open in ACR' one.

    Adobe has its own reasons for that replacement:

    - Increasing demand for raw development and similar workflow for raw and jpeg (the old way to open jpegs was a mystery for most users)

    - Mac and Windows interface more similar?

    - Getting rid of older and legacy formats...


    The result is not ideal for all users, there has been a few complaints like yours.


    Personnally, I am very satisfied with that change :


    Of course, I do NEED the organizer .

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