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      • #2345112
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        When trying to open a .jpg photo, I want to open it in Canon’s Zoombrowser EX (Zb Module).

        I don’t want this option for all .jpg files but want quick access via the initial “Open with” list.

        The “Open with” menu does not list it. How can I associate images to Zoombrowser so it will appear on the “open with” menu?

        It seems like Microsoft does not associate ZoomBrowser with .jpg files.

        See attached…How-to-add-Zb-Module-to-Open-with-options-list

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      • #2345159
        anonymous
        Guest

        If you can live with it try adding it to the Send To menu. That’s what I use for some older programs and it works very well.

        https://www.groovypost.com/howto/customize-add-remove-items-sendto-menu-windows-10/

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      • #2345174
        Bundaburra
        AskWoody Plus

        You should be able to do it like this:

        Right-click the  jpg file you want to open

        Select “Open with”

        On the right-hand menu, select “Choose another app”

        Scroll to see if your app is listed.  If not, select “More apps”.  But do not select “Always”.

        If you still don’t see your app, select “Look for another app on this PC”.  This will open an explorer-type window, where you can navigate to the program you want.

        Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 20H2

      • #2345190
        SkipH
        AskWoody Plus

        From some reading on various sites, it looks like this utility might go the job for you. One poster said to use the Change “Open with” programs via the blue link at the bottom-left area of the main screen.

        Link to download the utility:

        https://defaultprogramseditor.com/

        Link to a discussion on using the utility on another web site:

        https://superuser.com/questions/981962/manually-add-program-to-open-with-in-windows-10

         

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      • #2345230
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        After the first time you choose to open a jpg with Canon’s Zoombrowser EX the app will be added to the list on ‘open with’

      • #2345289
        anonymous
        Guest

        This forum is blocking my posts again as logged in member (Moonshine).
        This is what I’m trying to post:

        Perhaps the age of the software is the problem. It was never designed for modern operating systems.
        Canon do not support it and it has been considered obsolete for years.

        I have tried three versions (the latter having the latest Canon update applied) in Windows 10 (20H2) and they install but the earlier versions won’t recognise RAW files and has unresponsive menu tabs the latest version shuts down when it wants without warning and has no option (missing) the edit/convert RAW files option.

        Re the Open with list – it will not show by all the methods shown in this thread and in your ‘Answers Microsoft’ forum thread.
        I have tried XP, Vista and W7 ‘Compatibility’ but the software is not working as it should and ‘Open with’ will not show it as a permanent option.

      • #2345393
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        If you can live with it try adding it to the Send To menu. That’s what I use for some older programs and it works very well.

        https://www.groovypost.com/howto/customize-add-remove-items-sendto-menu-windows-10/

        Thanks… This does work as an alternate to using ‘Open with’ and it is the best option I have seen so far.

        I will use this unless some finds a solution to the real issue – – how to alter the ‘Open with’ initial menu.

      • #2345395
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        You should be able to do it like this:

        Right-click the  jpg file you want to open

        Select “Open with”

        On the right-hand menu, select “Choose another app”

        Scroll to see if your app is listed.  If not, select “More apps”.  But do not select “Always”.

        If you still don’t see your app, select “Look for another app on this PC”.  This will open an explorer-type window, where you can navigate to the program you want.

        The steps you suggested are the ones I showed in my attachment.  I need alter the initial list so that my ‘Zb Module’ option is in the initial ‘Open with’ list.

      • #2345396
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        From some reading on various sites, it looks like this utility might go the job for you. One poster said to use the Change “Open with” programs via the blue link at the bottom-left area of the main screen.

        Link to download the utility:

        https://defaultprogramseditor.com/

        Link to a discussion on using the utility on another web site:

        https://superuser.com/questions/981962/manually-add-program-to-open-with-in-windows-10

         

        I tried this utility and while it seems to work no changes are actually made to the ‘Open with’ list. It’s a great utility BUT does not solve my basic issue.

        • #2345402
          joep517
          AskWoody MVP

          Did you execute the utility with “run as administrator”?

          Did you re-boot after making the changes?

          --Joe

      • #2345399
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        After the first time you choose to open a jpg with Canon’s Zoombrowser EX the app will be added to the list on ‘open with’

        It would be great if that worked but it does not. It worked for me with a different file extension but does not with .jpg – – somehow Windows does not think ZoomBrowser.exe (aka Zb Module) is associated with jpg files or something.

      • #2345404
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        This forum is blocking my posts again as logged in member (Moonshine).
        This is what I’m trying to post:

        Perhaps the age of the software is the problem. It was never designed for modern operating systems.
        Canon do not support it and it has been considered obsolete for years.

        I have tried three versions (the latter having the latest Canon update applied) in Windows 10 (20H2) and they install but the earlier versions won’t recognise RAW files and has unresponsive menu tabs the latest version shuts down when it wants without warning and has no option (missing) the edit/convert RAW files option.

        Re the Open with list – it will not show by all the methods shown in this thread and in your ‘Answers Microsoft’ forum thread.
        I have tried XP, Vista and W7 ‘Compatibility’ but the software is not working as it should and ‘Open with’ will not show it as a permanent option.

        Zb Module has been working great for me on Windows 10 Version 2004. I do not use RAW files do have not noticed any problems.

        Hopefully someone smarter than me will find out where Microsoft stores the list of options it presents on the initial ‘Open with’ list for a particular file extension. I thought it was in the Registry but that list does not match what is presented. See attached…

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      • #2345408
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        Did you execute the utility with “run as administrator”?

        Did you re-boot after making the changes?

        Yes and Yes

      • #2345450
        Moonshine
        Guest

        Apparently I’ve been blacklisted (Moonshine) and can’t post when logged in.

        Maybe because of the Laurel & Hardy caricature?

        Zb Module has been working great for me on Windows 10 Version 2004. I do not use RAW files do have not noticed any problems. . . . . .

        Clearly it doesn’t work great for you hence your original post and subsequent replies.
        Sometimes we have to accept that unsupported, obsolete software this old won’t/can’t do everything we want it to do because it was never designed to do so.
        We have to compromise at times and/or move on an learn/use/install modern software that works in modern operation systems.

        • #2345491
          WSCape Sand
          AskWoody Lounger

          Apparently I’ve been blacklisted (Moonshine) and can’t post when logged in.

          Maybe because of the Laurel & Hardy caricature?

          Zb Module has been working great for me on Windows 10 Version 2004. I do not use RAW files do have not noticed any problems. . . . . .

          Clearly it doesn’t work great for you hence your original post and subsequent replies.
          Sometimes we have to accept that unsupported, obsolete software this old won’t/can’t do everything we want it to do because it was never designed to do so.
          We have to compromise at times and/or move on an learn/use/install modern software that works in modern operation systems.

          As I stated, the program itself works just fine for everything I need it to do.

          The problem is Windows won’t allow me to add it to the ‘Open with’ initial menu. I acknowledge that the program is old and obsolete… but it works.

          Apparently Windows does not think ZoomBrowser EX (aka Zb Module) is for .jpg images. How can I change that?

          • #2345501
            Alex5723
            AskWoody Plus

            You can set the app as default for .jpg in ‘default apps by type’
            Even after the setting you can choose ‘open with’ and select another app.

            • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by Alex5723.
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      • #2345530
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        You can set the app as default for .jpg in ‘default apps by type’
        Even after the setting you can choose ‘open with’ and select another app.

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by Alex5723.

        Thanks – I tried that route but Windows 10 does not list either ZoomBrowser EX or Zb Module as an app yet when I scroll down for an app to open Zb Module appears but can’t be set as the default (see my initial attachment at top of this thread) .

        UPDATE… Just tried it again – this time the system allowed me to set the default to Zb Module. Looks like my solution is to leave the default opener for jpg files at Zb Module and for those times when that is not appropriate, I will ‘Open with’ something else.

        Thanks to all who joined in to help with this issue – did not get to my initial goal BUT got to a point I can live with.

        I am still surprised that Microsoft does not have a way for users to alter the ‘Open with’ initial menu!

         

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by WSCape Sand.
        • This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by WSCape Sand.
      • #2345979
        Moonshine
        AskWoody Lounger

        Apologies for the delay in replying. I have been ‘blacklisted’ for reasons unknown and been unable to make replies. All should be well now, time will tell.

        A compromise is sometimes all that is needed when you can’t get something to work for you in the way you’d want it to.
        An acceptable compromise, for you, in my opinion, is to opt to change the image Edit command in the image right click menu from the default Paint program to one of your choice – ZoomBrowser in your case.
        We can also add a useful ZB icon to the menu for visual effect.

        This can be done by manually changing settings in the Registry, or perhaps a better, safer option is to use a program like Default Programs Editor to make the changes for you. You can get it from here: https://defaultprogramseditor.com/

        This program can also add items to the ‘Open with’ menu, but as we all know now, ZoomBrowser will not be added by any known conventional method.

        I think it’s a better option than having ZoomBrowser open every time when you d/click an image when you just might want to view an image in your preferred image viewer.
        Should you want to try this out, click the image below to see a short video of how to do it.

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      • #2345983
        WSCape Sand
        AskWoody Lounger

        Congratulations to Moonshine!!!

        You have indeed provided a fantastic solution to my dilemma. I have successfully used ‘Default Programs Editor’ to add an ‘Edit with ZoomBrowser’ entry in my right click options list for jpg images.  This actually makes sense as I would not use ZoomBrowser to ‘view’ an image only to ‘edit’ an image.

        I believe this is the best solution for my situation.

        Apparently the list is displayed alphabetically which puts my command at the top of the list which makes it even easier. I included both the Editor & right click list…

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by WSCape Sand.
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