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!
- 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"
- 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.
- Save the file to your desktop, and name it “owp.reg” (without the quotes).
- 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.