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Cannot set default JPG etc file associations to Photoshop 2024

Engaged ,
Jan 29, 2024 Jan 29, 2024

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Hi

 

I cannot seem to set the default file association for JPG/JPEG to Photoshop 2024. I carry out all the usual steps i.e. right click pn a JPG > Open with > Set as default > Navigate to PS2024 manually as it's not in the list > Select ... nothing happens. Windows 10 does not set up the file association, and JPG is left unassociated.

 

I have set this association up in Bridge, but InDesign seems to want to use the Windows default association for "Edit with".

 

I've also tried the Default Apps thing in Windows, but PS2024 is not listed, and it can only then point to the App Store.

 

Is there a way to get round this and get this set up? I seem to remember having this problem before when I installed a new version of Photoshop with one already installed. All the asspcations remained with the older version and were frustratingly awkward to move across to the new one.

 

Currently on PS 25.3.1, on Win 10.

 

Thanks for your help
Richard

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Engaged ,
Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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In the end, the only way I could get default associations workng for PS25 was to uninstall PS24, and then I was able to manually associate the various file extensions with PS25.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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This is actually normal operation for Windows, and easy to avoid with one basic precaution:

 

The last installed version will always take over the file associations. Knowing that, it's easily avoided.

 

But yes, I agree that this is something the CC installer should take into account - and it doesn't. So unsuspecting users can be excused for tripping over this. There should be a warning (if not an automatic procedure) when installing over previously installed versions. For instance, just updating an older version will cause this to take over the file associations.

 

You did the correct thing to fix it. If you're in this jam, first uninstall the one holding the file associations. Then work backwards with other versions if necessary.

 

When that is done, reinstall in strict version order.

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Engaged ,
Feb 12, 2024 Feb 12, 2024

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Engaged ,
Feb 12, 2024 Feb 12, 2024

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This is actually normal operation for Windows, and easy to avoid with one basic precaution:

 

The last installed version will always take over the file associations. Knowing that, it's easily avoided.

By @D Fosse 


The last installed version is Ps25.3.1, so this doesn't apply.

 

Ps 24.7 has kept the file associations, and the more recently installed 25.3.1 (later both in time and version number) has not taken them over, so this is not displaying default Windows behaviour as you suggest.

I'm well familiar with default Windows behaviour, over decades of experience, and am hardly an "unsuspecting" user, as the tone of your post seems to assume 🙂

 

This bug has existed in previous versions of Photoshop (and maybe other Adobe apps too) - the latest installation is simply not taking on the default file associations as it should, as the several other posts here seem to attest to, and no amount of manual resetting of associations seems to change it.


PS. Forum seems broken - I couldn't Reply to your post by clicking "Reply" under your post as this replies to my Original Post, and not to yours, and there is no way I can find to Quote your post, so had to do it manually.

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Feb 12, 2024 Feb 12, 2024

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Did you at any point earlier uninstall an old version with a newer version still in place? That's when file associations get stuck.

 

I came across this way back with CS2-CS3, and ever since I've followed strict version order both in and out. Last in, first out. Never had any problems since (although I usually have two versions installed, current and previous).

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