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How to Change Default Image Editor in Vista

How do I change my default image editor to Photoshop (or something else) in Vista?
Well I have just the trick. I have made a script (based on another person’s work) that you can just download here: change_default_image_editor.vbs

Note before you start you will need administrator rights to pull this off.

Assuming that you don’t trust random scripts that you download off the internet (which is wise) then I you can do it manually. Note editing the Windows Registry by hand is dangerous and my script just automates this process. If you installed your image editor and it has registered correctly, there is a simple change that needs to happen in the Windows Registry. You can screw up you computer. You can do this by clicking on
Start > Run or type in this in the Start Search area >
Then type: regedit

Browse down the tree as follows
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
> SystemFileAssociations > image > Internet Explorer > shell > edit > command >
(Default) = “C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS4Photoshop.exe” “%1”

Then right click on (Default) and Modify… the value to what every you want in quotes with a space followed by “1%”
regedit example

Note: Changes to this registry value should take effect after a reboot.


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How to Change Default HTML Editor in Vista

How do I change my default HTML editor to DreamWeaver (or something else) in Vista?
Well I have just the trick. I have made a script (based on another person’s work) that you can just download here: add_default_html_editor.vbs

Note before you start you will need administrator rights to pull this off.

Assuming that you don’t trust random scripts that you download off the internet (which is wise) then I you can do it manually. Note editing the Windows Registry by hand is dangerous and my script just automates this process. If you installed your HTML editor and it has registered correctly, there is a simple change that needs to happen in the Windows Registry. You can screw up you computer. You can do this by clicking on
Start > Run or type in this in the Start Search area >
Then type: regedit

Browse down the tree as follows
HKEY_CURRENT_USER (you can also do this on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE)
> Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Default HTML Editor > Shell > Edit > Command >
(Default) = “C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Dreamweaver CS4Dreamweaver.exe” “%1”

Then right click on (Default) and Modify… the value to what every you want in quotes with a space followed by “1%”
regedit example

If you browse to Internet Explorer and you do not see the next Key then you can just add it by right clicking on Internet Explorer and clicking Key. Then type in the name of the Key exactly as it is written above. For example: Default HTML Editor
regedit example
Wash, rinse and repeat with all of the others until you finish with Command. Then right click on Command, click New > String Value. Add the life location like this: “C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Dreamweaver CS4Dreamweaver.exe” “%1”

Note: Changes to this registry value should take effect immediately.

Here is Microsoft’s take on it:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa753633%28VS.85%29.aspx#_Adding_HTML_Editors


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Mozilla Firefox killing your computer performance?

You can read the details of this elsewhere but here is a quick and easy fix to memory sucking that Firefox is prone to do.

Startup Firefox

In the address bar type:
about:config

In the “Filter:” text box type:
browser.cache.memory

You should see
Firefox browser.cache.memory.enable
From here you can either double click on “browser.cache.memory.enable” or right click and use the toggle option to change the Value to false.

Restart your browser and you should be a much more reasonable memory load. Note that sometime the Firefox processes don’t end when you close down the browser so manually killing the process or a reboot will solve the problem.

Happy Surfing Folks