This is a feature of Windows not the Adobe software but you should just be able to right click on a jpeg image go to Open with, select Photoshop CS6 as the default program, check the option to always use this program, and click OK.
You're absolutely right, I SHOULD be able to do that. And I can go through the steps/procedure you mentioned just fine. But when I click OK at the end, Photoshop is still NOT associated with the file type(s) that interest me. Puzzling, and annoying. I could do that easily in the prior paid versions, AND I could do it with the Photoshop CS6 Trial version, but since installing the Creative Cloud, no dice. Exact same behavior on two different machines.
Oh, and an additional note: When I choose Open with: the list of available apps does NOT include Photoshop CS6, but it DOES include Photoshop Elements 10, also on these machines. I then must Browse to the Adobe Photoshop CS6 folder and click on Photoshop.exe. No workie. And Photoshop CS6 STILL does not even appear in the Open with: list.
Answer, of sorts:
I found a utility online -- OpenWithAdd -- that WILL FORCE Photoshop CS6 to appear in the Open with dialog. After Photoshop CS6 is thereby added to the dialog I am able to select Choose default program in the initial Open with dialog, then Photoshop CS6 ALSO appears in that dialog where I can select it and the selection sticks. Then all icons on that file type change to proper Photoshop icons.
This is a task the Photoshop installation routine should perform, but on my machines it did not.
More info on OpenWithAdd:
I was able to change it successfully from the default of Windows Photo Viewer to Photoshop on my Win 7 machine. The steps I followed:
- Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
- Mine is set in top right to 'View by' Category. I clicked on Programs (green link).
- Under Default Programs I clicked on the blue link for 'Make a file type always open in a specific program'.
- Wait for 'Loading..'. to finish. Make sure the list is sorted by Name and scroll down to '.jpg'. Select it and click the button for 'Change program...'.
- Do no see Photoshop listed in the Recommended Programs, so click on the small triangle to the right of Other Programs. Select Photoshop and click the OK button.
- Wait for the list to reload and confirm the association changed.
Note that you will probably need to change this for .jp2, .jpe and .jpeg too in addition to just .jpg.
Thanks to Ken Rice for the additional info on the path through Control Panel.
I know exactly the problem you are having and exactly how to fix it! (For Windows 7 and possibly others) I spent an hour trying to figure it out, and it is all because of bad registry values.
First off, it is caused by uninstalling a previous version of Photoshop and then installing CS6. (But lingering folders and registry values still remain)
When you try to change a file type association with the Open With dialogue, Photoshop CS6 never appears! Choosing "Other Programs" does not bring up Photoshop CS6, and Browsing will not add it to the list!
Workaround: (REAL FIX)
Click on the Start button.
Select the search programs and files. (You may need to enable this search field if you have it disabled.)
Type regedit (regedit.exe will appear only after typing regedit completely)
Click yes to allow access to it.
Be very careful with the following steps as editing the registry is dangerous!!
Navigaate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\Photoshop.exe\shell\open\command
Double click on Default.
In the value data section you may notice a path to the previous application that doesn't exist anymore (root of problem)
Change it to the path of CS6 folder but keep the extra characters beyond Photoshop.exe
Hit ok. Then close out of this window.
NOW Photoshop CS6 will appear in the list! Enjoy!
pyrografix - sorry that didn't work for me.
My fix is as follows go to Adobe Bridge / Preferences / File Type Associations and there change all your relevant file types to CS6 or whichever programme you want to open them with.
that helps when you open files in bridge but it does not fix the problem when you try to open the files in win explore... but if you want to fix the problem for real you must use the regedit.exe.. as mentioned before, be careful to open the right file to reedit. confusion is easy in there... Anyway if you did the recomended instalation on the previous and the new version of the software you'll juste have to replace cs5 by cs6.
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I've got the same problem too but I solved it by using CCleaner software.
Thankyou!!! Finally an answer that actually works
Agreed - this was the solution for me too. A registry clean with CCleaner allowed me to again add Photoshop to the Open With... options. Thank you!
This fix worked for me, thank you! (correcting the path in the registry)
This problem is now back in Photoshop CC 2014.
And the original solution does not work.
Photoshop can indeed be "browsed to and selected" but then it never shows up on the list and the OK button is not clickable.
tried all the normal things any sane person would assume. browse to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, clicked the EXE, double clicked the EXE, tried to drag over.
ahh. the Adobe forums, every year, every release, a new nightmare every time.
(I will want this time back on my deathbed, I am considering sending an invoice for the hour of my life I lost to this simple standard task that every windows user should be able to do in less then 30 seconds with a right click)
To save someone else another headache, CCcleaner did not work but it did seem to screw up dreamweaver real bad, for whatever reason it decided to delete 138 STE files and the passwords with them.
good thing I back that up monthly
Thank you Pyrografix!! This still works as of 1 March 2016. Just so folks know that this IS the fix.