Edit with Photoshop… Shortcut in Windows 7

In a previous post I talked about adding a context-menu shortcut to Windows that would allow you to right-click on a JPG file and get an “Edit with Photoshop…” shortcut right at the top. Very handy.

Unfortunately this does not work in Windows 7 because there is no “File Types” menu like there was in Windows XP. As I am quickly (and somewhat painfully) learning, the designers at Microsoft purposely left a bunch of stuff out of Windows 7 in an effort to make it “less noisy.” Great.

You can still add this convenient shortcut to Windows 7.

Note: The following requires modifying your computer’s system files. Although I’ve tested and use these modifications on my own computer, I’m not responsible for any damage to your computer that might arise as a result of attempting these modifications—proceed at your own risk!

  1. Open Notepad. Copy and paste the following text exactly as shown:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\Edit_With_Photoshop...]
    @="Edit With Photoshop..."
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\Edit_With_Photoshop...\command]
    @="\"C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\" %1"
  2. This is the only potentially tricky part: The last line of the above code contains the path to your Photoshop.exe file. If you’re using Photoshop CS4 64 bit and it’s installed in the default location on your C: drive you’re in luck because you can leave the line alone. If you’re using a different version of Photoshop or have it installed in a location other than the default you will need to change the line to match the location of Photoshop.exe.* Note that the line has two backslashes (\\) where file paths usually have one; take care to leave the two backslashes in place, as they are necessary in this instance.
  3. Save the file to your desktop, and name it “owp.reg” (without the quotes).
  4. Find the file on your desktop and double click it. You will have to answer yes to a few security questions to get it to install. After it does, try right-clicking on a .jpg file; Open with Photoshop… should appear second on the list in the context menu. Selecting it should open the file in Photoshop.

* If you’re not sure where Photoshop.exe is, an easy way to find it is to click the Start button, then type Photoshop.exe in the Search programs and files box. Don’t hit enter, just type the name. Photoshop.exe should then appear at the top of the Start menu. Right-click on it and choose Open file location. The path should appear at the top of the Explorer window that opens.

8 thoughts on “Edit with Photoshop… Shortcut in Windows 7

  1. Hi! Should Photoshop CS4 have this trick installed automatically? I am upgrading to W7 and this option doesn’t show in the context menu as it used to do in my Windows XP with Photoshop CS..
    Regards

  2. Ok, thanks! In was confused because with the CS version, Windows XP had this option automatically added to its context menu..

  3. Thank you this was very helpful. I repeated the process for giffile and pngfile. It worked for GIF images, but not for PNG for some reason, even though I could see that the command was added correctly to the registry and in the right path.. Odd!

  4. If you want to see this in the context menu for all image file types, replace “jpegfile” with “*” in both places in the code (without parenthesis ” “).

    Other than that, the code is perfect. Thank you.

  5. The author wrote it, I acknowledged it, but I forgot I am not using CS4 anymore. I still think it is 2012 three years later. So, even if you have the 64-bit version of Adobe, don’t be a dummy like me, update CS4 to CS5 or CS6 or to whatever or however CS Cloud works.

    But then if you’re a lot like me, you wouldn’t have read the comments first anyway. 🙁

  6. I exported all my Edit with GIMP keys, so if you want to edit other image types with whatever, here ya go:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\giffile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\giffile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\icofile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\icofile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Paint.Picture\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Paint.Picture\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pngfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pngfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\svgfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\svgfile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\wmffile\shell\Edit with Photoshop]
    @=”Edit with Photoshop”

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\wmffile\shell\Edit with Photoshop\command]
    @=”\”C:\\Program Files\\Adobe\\Adobe Photoshop CS5 (64 Bit)\\Photoshop.exe\” %1″

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