Camera Raw: Opening Camera Raw in Photoshop is slower than Bridge. How do I set Canon Raw as default for opening CR2 files in Bridge?

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I would like the action of double clicking a CR2 file in Bridge to be the same as right clicking and selecting "Open in Camera Raw..."  I found the menu to set file associations, which is currently set to Photoshop.  I can browse but I don't see any file canonraw.exe or such to choose in C:/Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop or C:/Program Files/Canon directories.

Why do I want to do this?  Because using it directly is much faster than loading Photoshop's version of Camera Raw.  I just timed it - double clicking on a cr2 took 45 seconds to get to Camera Raw dialogue in an already open Photoshop, versus 6 seconds when right clicking and saying open in Camera Raw in bridge.
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Follow-on relating to performance.  Repeated use of Photoshop drops time to about 15 seconds.  Repeated use of Camera Raw directly drops time to less than 2 seconds.
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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That time difference seems strange, because there is no “Photoshops version of Camera Raw”. There is only one version that both Bridge and Photoshop use to open raw files, so that difference only comes from switching between Bridge and Photoshop. How much RAM does your computer have?
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David Converse

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Yeah I'm surprised that you see a difference. In Bridge preferences->General, make sure the checkbox is set for what you want to do.
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Stephen Marsh

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How does selecting the image and using CMD/CTRL R compare?
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coyoteD, in Bridge, you can set Bridge preference to "default double click to edit ACR in Bridge"