Windows 10: "Open with" list not custimizable

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  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
       02 Feb 2017 #1

    "Open with" list not custimizable


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    I am trying to add the PDF viewer Evince to the "open with" list of PDF files. When I select "Choose another app", I can select Evinceand open the PDF and Evince is also added to the regristry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList

    But as you can see, the actual menu list is obviously not affected by these registry entries.

    Am I missing something?
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  2.    02 Feb 2017 #2

    I'd suggest you haven't clicked the 'Always use this app' option.

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    Here you see the default is Edge and from Open With I'm browsing to Evince.
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    Here you see I'm about to make Evince the default
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    And here you see it's been made the default.

    I prefer Foxit Reader - having tried Evince, the one thing that would immediately annoy me is that resizing the window and pane does not automatically change the zoom... the text is immediately clearer on the screen with Foxit.

    Compare the text clarity in the two here with the same size windows and zoom:
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  3. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       02 Feb 2017 #3

    Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for not making myself clear:

    I do not want evince as "default app"; that I tried and it would work. I want to keep Acrobat as default (double-click) app, and I want evince listed as one of the "Open with" apps. At the moment Evince does not show up in spite of being in the registry and I get Firefox, Word and Edge as shown in my screenshot, which are not even in the registry entry...
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  4.    02 Feb 2017 #4

    See my second screenshot- it's listed there.

    And note the lack of text clarity compared to Foxit.
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  5. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2017 #5

    Thanks again! And sorry again for still not being clear enough.

    By "open with list" I mean the menu that pops up when I hover over "open with":

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    I thought that this is what I can modify in the registry entry
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList

    What you mean by "open with list" is apparently the list that comes up when you click on "choose another app". There, I see evince.exe as well. But I want it in the menu pop up, such that I am able to open a PDF in evince with two clicks as opposed to four. Also I am wondering how to get rid of e.g. Microsoft Edge in that menu list...


    Regarding your suggestion of Foxit: I have used evince to view pdfs while I am working with Latex. I need a viewer that does not lock the file when it is openned but instead reloads it automatically whenever the file is modified. Does Foxit do that?
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  6.    03 Feb 2017 #6

    Hi, at a guess, Evince is not registering itself as a pdf handler in the appropriate way for it to be listed as you wish.

    Edge is, of course, a registered pdf handler.

    Try
    How to Remove Programs from the “Open With” Context Menu in Windows

    No, I don't mean "the list that comes up when you click on "choose another app"." = Open with. To be exact, that's one of the dialogues that follows and is part of the Open with function.

    Regarding your suggestion of Foxit: I have used evince to view pdfs while I am working with Latex. I need a viewer that does not lock the file when it is openned but instead reloads it automatically whenever the file is modified. Does Foxit do that?
    - probably best if you try it yourself.
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  7. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2017 #7

    OK, then how do I explain what I mean?

    In my screenshot in the red circle you see the expanded menu listing:

    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    Firefox
    Microsoft Edge
    Word 2016
    ---------------------------------------
    Search the Store
    Choose another app


    How do I change this to:

    Evince
    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    ---------------------------------------
    Search the Store
    Choose another app

    ???
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  8.    03 Feb 2017 #8

    You have; I have given you an answer. Sorry it is not clear.

    Please
    1. See the link in my previous post and read it carefully.
    How to Remove Programs from the “Open With” Context Menu in Windows
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\

    2. Go there as per the article.

    3. Try modifying as you wish after backing up.

    This is what I see after uninstalling evince... Hmm.
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  9. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Education 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2017 #9

    I had already tried this, when I started this thread.

    When you look at my screenshot, you see the Registry Editor openned in the background and the entry of
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList
    only includes Acrobat and Evince.

    So I think I did exactly what is also suggested in the howtogeek link you provided.

    But apparently this does not have any effect on the menu.
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  10.    03 Feb 2017 #10

    @Linus
    You need to specifically choose an exe:

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