Need option to set Photoshop (or Suite) Windows File Associations

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Photoshop (and maybe all Adobe apps) need a setup option (preference) to display a dialog to set Windows File Associations for file types applicable to Photoshop.  This would bring Photoshop up to a par with many other apps that already do this.  The typical function in other apps allows you to either set the association back to it, or just leave it alone.

Another extremely typical option on the dialog should be to check all of the check-marked file associations at app startup, and reset them back to Photoshop if they've been directed elsewhere.


There are several reasons I know of why setting file associations only at the initial install isn't enough: 

1) There are a slew of cheap specific photo apps available as well as some well known apps that set many graphics file associations to themselves at install.  Often they don't inform you.  Once you realize this has happened, it's quite intensive to set them back to Photoshop.  Especially when you don't already know how to do it.  Even if you uninstall these apps, they don't set the associations back to Photoshop after uninstalling.

2) Search the web for problems with adobe file associations and you will find that problems occur.  It's extremely unprofessional and user-unfriendly to recommend re-installing.   Even though I saw a comment that Adobe dev team wasn't able to re-produce an multiversion install/uninstall situation causing file association problems, they still happen and it's extremely frustrating especially when you're a graphics artist and not a Windows Tech.

3) Windows 10 upgrades your system without having to re-install anything.  But it includes little apps that handle various graphic file types.  Some of those apps steal the file associations without telling you..   See # 1)...

It's just user-unfriendly not to include something in Photoshop to select which file types to associate back to Photoshop (or CS suite apps).   If this is only a windows issue (not familiar with iOS...) then maybe a separate Photoshop utility or suite utility could be supplied (or even available from support downloads).  Though it would really need to detect and allow selection of which installed version of Photoshop should be associated with the file  if multiple versions are installed... 

Photoshop is just simply lacking OS support if you supply no easy way to fix this problem.

Thanks!

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> If this is only a windows issue (not familiar with iOS...) then maybe a separate Photoshop utility or suite utility could be supplied >

Must be a Windows 10 thing from your description. Here on a Mac, I've never seen any apps take over graphics file formats and start opening a JPEG in some nondescript little app (and I have a few such) Absolutely no app has ever hijacked a PSD file. I do set Associations in Bridge when I deviate from the Finder options, and on very rare occasion, in the Finder. But nothing has ever hijacked those associations. If I want to open a file in another app, a right-click and choose the app will do it.

Also, on the Mac, it's very easy to set Finder options for opening. I take it on Windows 10 it's not so easy? The Finder (not Adobe, but Apple) does choose the last installed version of PS as its target for opening from the Finder. If you install out of version order, then uninstalling/reinstalling in version order resets the Finder. Or you can usually simply open a file format with incorrect associations, choose the right app to open with, choose Change All, and you're done.

Have you tried setting associations through Bridge, if it's difficult through your Explorer file properties dialog—or whatever that thing is called? That doesn't work on Windows 10?
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Cristen,  Looks like Bridge -> Edit -> Preferences -> File Type Associations could be an answer.  I wasn't aware of it. (Thanks!)  But it didn't change the associations when I tried to set them under Win 10.

I tried setting Photoshop CS6 as the default for .PSD files through Bridge's dialog, but at this point when I double click on a Photoshop .PSD file, windows 10 opens a dialog with a list of possible programs to open and Photoshop isn't on the list.

Great to see that Adobe may already have addressed this issue.

It doesn't work for my Win 10 setup, but maybe it will work for other users, or possibly just an issue with CS6 and Win 10...

Thanks again for your note!

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> when I double click on a Photoshop .PSD file, windows 10 opens a dialog with a list of possible programs to open and Photoshop isn't on the list.>

If you're double-clicking outside of Bridge, the Bridge File Associations won't work. That has to be set in the file Properties dialog. I know Windows has one—somewhere. I used to be a Windows user, and if they got rid of it in 10, I'd be shocked, except for all the other things they've done to users with this OS (I'm still appalled that they have kept trying to force my son to upgrade his gaming computer, because MS doesn't care that he wouldn't be able to play all his games if he did upgrade).

But even on a Mac, getting the Flounder to automatically launch the version you want can be tricky, even through the Properties where you choose the default.  That's the OS trying to know better than the customer.<sigh> The right-click, Open With, however, should show what you can open with, or let you browse to it. Mine is a long list, but on that list is my PS default first, and in alphabetical order after that, eventually I get to every other version of PS I have installed.  That Photoshop isn't even on your list is really odd—but no one should have to use the context-menu (or that double-click you say brings up a dialog) every time they want to open a PS file.

Maybe start using Bridge instead of the Exploder? <G>
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OK, thanks for the comments.  Well, I think the whole point of my issue is that there needs to be a way to set windows-wide file associations from within the app or a utility.  It's just not convenient to always launch Bridge every time you want to edit a PSB file.

For example if you want Photoshop to be your default graphics editor for files you open from the browser or right click in File Explorer, you need to set the file associations. 

Windows set file association dialogs are difficult to use.  Also see my original post, there are times when the associations get changed by other programs.  A photoshop/suite option or utility to set appropriate file associations would make this a lot easier.   And particularly since "lesser" photo apps include it, it's just reasonable to think that photoshop would also provide the capability.  IMHO.