Edit with Photoshop…

I have a right-click context-menu shortcut for Photoshop that’s really handy. It allows you to right-click on any .jpg file and get an “Edit with Photoshop…” option conveniently located where you need it.

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 any folder (holding down the “start” key on your keyboard and hitting “e” is an easy shortcut).
  2. From the “Tools” menu choose “Folder Options…” then click the “File Types” tab.
  3. Scroll down and find the entry for “JPG.” (To make this quicker you can hit the “j” key on your keyboard to quickly jump down to the entries starting with “j.”)
  4. Click the “Advanced…” button, then click “New…”
  5. Under “Action:” enter: “Edit with Photoshop…” (without the quotes).
  6. Click the “Browse…” button and locate the “Photoshop.exe” application on your computer. It’s usually located at: “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS2\Photoshop.exe” (assuming you’re using the CS2 version of Photoshop; other versions will be in a differently-named folder obviously).
  7. Click “OK” three times to get out of all the dialog boxes.

Now find a .jpg file somewhere on your computer, right-click on it, and see the “Edit with Photoshop…” option right at the top! You can also choose “Preview” to open it in the Windows Picture Viewer, and from there you can right-click on the picture and choose “Edit with Photoshop…”

This second tip is optional, and is a little more tricky (and consequently has a greater danger of something going wrong if you make a mistake). It will remove the “Edit” and “Print” options from the context menu, which I prefer not to have since I never use these.

  1. Start the Registry Editor by clicking the “Start” menu, then choosing “Run…” and enter “regedit.”
  2. Navigate to the following key: “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell.”
  3. You may want to backup this key by right-clicking on the “shell” folder and choosing “Export.” If you save this key you can reinstall it should you ever need or wish to.
  4. Right-click on the “edit” folder and choose “Delete.” Click “Yes” to confirm. Repeat for the “print” folder.

Close the Registry Editor. Now you should be able to right-click on a .jpg file and see only “Preview” and “Edit with Photoshop…”

2 thoughts on “Edit with Photoshop…

  1. Thank you ! I was looking for this solution since 2008 🙂
    The registry manual replace didn’t work since i installed cs2 instead of cs, and he didn’t know to keep the edit with photoshop link active to the new version.

  2. There is no other photoediting software that is as good as Adobe Photoshop. I employ it frequently on family pictures and the photos i take when i am travelling abroad. Adobe Photoshop has so many excellent features.

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