XP Home SP2 Right-click menu missing text



Birdman
07-10-2005, 02:04 AM
I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two "Open"
options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first item in the
options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several lines down)
is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open' gives me
the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second 'open"
selection display the "Open with" text again?
--
Thanks,

Birdman

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:04 AM
Birdman,

Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
>I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two "Open"
> options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first item in
> the
> options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several lines
> down)
> is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open' gives
> me
> the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second 'open"
> selection display the "Open with" text again?
> --
> Thanks,
>
> Birdman

Birdman
07-10-2005, 02:04 AM
It happens to most file types i.e. the right-click menu is different for
different file types.

The top part of the menu for a .txt file:
Open
Print
Edit
Open
--
The first "Open" brings up the file in Notepad, the second brings up the
"Open with" menu.

Top part of the menu for a .jpg file:
Preview
Edit
Print
Open
Resize Pictures
Preview
--
Both "Preview's" bring up the file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. The
"Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.

Top part of the menu for a .doc file:
Open
Edit
New
Open
--
The top three items Open, Edit, New-- bring up the document in Word. The
second "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.

So you can see that the menu text selection for the "Open with" menu only
states "Open" now, not the "Open with" I used to see.

Does that help?

Birdman

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Birdman,
>
> Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?
>
> --
> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP Shell/User
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>
>
> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
> >I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two "Open"
> > options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first item in
> > the
> > options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several lines
> > down)
> > is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open' gives
> > me
> > the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second 'open"
> > selection display the "Open with" text again?
> > --
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Birdman
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
Birdman,

Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\open

Export the key to a file (File => Export option) and post the contents here.
The additional entry is probably coming from there.

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:9E6B410A-9D6B-4A8A-872F-16170E5EC6D5@microsoft.com...
> It happens to most file types i.e. the right-click menu is different for
> different file types.
>
> The top part of the menu for a .txt file:
> Open
> Print
> Edit
> Open
> --
> The first "Open" brings up the file in Notepad, the second brings up the
> "Open with" menu.
>
> Top part of the menu for a .jpg file:
> Preview
> Edit
> Print
> Open
> Resize Pictures
> Preview
> --
> Both "Preview's" bring up the file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. The
> "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>
> Top part of the menu for a .doc file:
> Open
> Edit
> New
> Open
> --
> The top three items Open, Edit, New-- bring up the document in Word. The
> second "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>
> So you can see that the menu text selection for the "Open with" menu only
> states "Open" now, not the "Open with" I used to see.
>
> Does that help?
>
> Birdman
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> Birdman,
>>
>> Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?
>>
>> --
>> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP Shell/User
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>>
>>
>> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
>> >I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two "Open"
>> > options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first item
>> > in
>> > the
>> > options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several lines
>> > down)
>> > is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open'
>> > gives
>> > me
>> > the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second
>> > 'open"
>> > selection display the "Open with" text again?
>> > --
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Birdman
>>
>>

Birdman
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
I did not find the directory *exactly* as you stated. I found
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open. I
will list them both to save time just in case.

-----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas------
Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35

Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas\command
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_SZ
Data: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1

-----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open-----
Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30

Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\command
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L


Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_SZ
Data: [ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)]

Value 1
Name: NoActivateHandler
Type: REG_SZ
Data:


Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\application
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_SZ
Data: Folders


Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_SZ
Data: []


Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\topic
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
Value 0
Name: <NO NAME>
Type: REG_SZ
Data: AppProperties

Birdman









"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Birdman,
>
> Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:
>
> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\open
>
> Export the key to a file (File => Export option) and post the contents here.
> The additional entry is probably coming from there.
>
> --
> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP Shell/User
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>
>
> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:9E6B410A-9D6B-4A8A-872F-16170E5EC6D5@microsoft.com...
> > It happens to most file types i.e. the right-click menu is different for
> > different file types.
> >
> > The top part of the menu for a .txt file:
> > Open
> > Print
> > Edit
> > Open
> > --
> > The first "Open" brings up the file in Notepad, the second brings up the
> > "Open with" menu.
> >
> > Top part of the menu for a .jpg file:
> > Preview
> > Edit
> > Print
> > Open
> > Resize Pictures
> > Preview
> > --
> > Both "Preview's" bring up the file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. The
> > "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
> >
> > Top part of the menu for a .doc file:
> > Open
> > Edit
> > New
> > Open
> > --
> > The top three items Open, Edit, New-- bring up the document in Word. The
> > second "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
> >
> > So you can see that the menu text selection for the "Open with" menu only
> > states "Open" now, not the "Open with" I used to see.
> >
> > Does that help?
> >
> > Birdman
> >
> > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
> >
> >> Birdman,
> >>
> >> Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?
> >>
> >> --
> >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
> >> Windows XP Shell/User
> >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
> >>
> >>
> >> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
> >> >I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two "Open"
> >> > options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first item
> >> > in
> >> > the
> >> > options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several lines
> >> > down)
> >> > is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open'
> >> > gives
> >> > me
> >> > the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second
> >> > 'open"
> >> > selection display the "Open with" text again?
> >> > --
> >> > Thanks,
> >> >
> >> > Birdman
> >>
> >>
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
Birdman,

Can you export this key fully ( as a REG file? ) and post here.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1F9312D5-D7B1-4E31-86A1-7DDA6B8BC868@microsoft.com...
>I did not find the directory *exactly* as you stated. I found
> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open.
> I
> will list them both to save time just in case.
>
> -----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas------
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas\command
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1
>
> -----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open-----
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\command
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
> Data: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: [ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)]
>
> Value 1
> Name: NoActivateHandler
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data:
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\application
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: Folders
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: []
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\topic
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: AppProperties
>
> Birdman
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> Birdman,
>>
>> Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:
>>
>> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\open
>>
>> Export the key to a file (File => Export option) and post the contents
>> here.
>> The additional entry is probably coming from there.
>>
>> --
>> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP Shell/User
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>>
>>
>> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:9E6B410A-9D6B-4A8A-872F-16170E5EC6D5@microsoft.com...
>> > It happens to most file types i.e. the right-click menu is different
>> > for
>> > different file types.
>> >
>> > The top part of the menu for a .txt file:
>> > Open
>> > Print
>> > Edit
>> > Open
>> > --
>> > The first "Open" brings up the file in Notepad, the second brings up
>> > the
>> > "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > Top part of the menu for a .jpg file:
>> > Preview
>> > Edit
>> > Print
>> > Open
>> > Resize Pictures
>> > Preview
>> > --
>> > Both "Preview's" bring up the file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
>> > The
>> > "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > Top part of the menu for a .doc file:
>> > Open
>> > Edit
>> > New
>> > Open
>> > --
>> > The top three items Open, Edit, New-- bring up the document in Word.
>> > The
>> > second "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > So you can see that the menu text selection for the "Open with" menu
>> > only
>> > states "Open" now, not the "Open with" I used to see.
>> >
>> > Does that help?
>> >
>> > Birdman
>> >
>> > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Birdman,
>> >>
>> >> Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> >> Windows XP Shell/User
>> >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
>> >> >I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two
>> >> >"Open"
>> >> > options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first
>> >> > item
>> >> > in
>> >> > the
>> >> > options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several
>> >> > lines
>> >> > down)
>> >> > is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open'
>> >> > gives
>> >> > me
>> >> > the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second
>> >> > 'open"
>> >> > selection display the "Open with" text again?
>> >> > --
>> >> > Thanks,
>> >> >
>> >> > Birdman
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
BTW, that's the key causing the problem. You have two options:

1. Backup and delete the key (open-with option won't be available in the
context menu)
-or-
2. In the right-pane, set the (default) value in this registry key to "Open
with..."
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas

Follow the 2nd method, now, "Open with..." would be available in the context
menu.

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1F9312D5-D7B1-4E31-86A1-7DDA6B8BC868@microsoft.com...
>I did not find the directory *exactly* as you stated. I found
> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas and HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open.
> I
> will list them both to save time just in case.
>
> -----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Openas------
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\openas\command
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 03/05/05 - 19:35
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1
>
> -----HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\Shell\Open-----
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\command
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
> Data: %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: [ViewFolder("%l", %I, %S)]
>
> Value 1
> Name: NoActivateHandler
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data:
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\application
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: Folders
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: []
>
>
> Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Shell\shell\open\ddeexec\topic
> Class Name: <NO CLASS>
> Last Write Time: 08/08/03 - 21:30
> Value 0
> Name: <NO NAME>
> Type: REG_SZ
> Data: AppProperties
>
> Birdman
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> Birdman,
>>
>> Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:
>>
>> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\open
>>
>> Export the key to a file (File => Export option) and post the contents
>> here.
>> The additional entry is probably coming from there.
>>
>> --
>> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP Shell/User
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>>
>>
>> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:9E6B410A-9D6B-4A8A-872F-16170E5EC6D5@microsoft.com...
>> > It happens to most file types i.e. the right-click menu is different
>> > for
>> > different file types.
>> >
>> > The top part of the menu for a .txt file:
>> > Open
>> > Print
>> > Edit
>> > Open
>> > --
>> > The first "Open" brings up the file in Notepad, the second brings up
>> > the
>> > "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > Top part of the menu for a .jpg file:
>> > Preview
>> > Edit
>> > Print
>> > Open
>> > Resize Pictures
>> > Preview
>> > --
>> > Both "Preview's" bring up the file in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.
>> > The
>> > "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > Top part of the menu for a .doc file:
>> > Open
>> > Edit
>> > New
>> > Open
>> > --
>> > The top three items Open, Edit, New-- bring up the document in Word.
>> > The
>> > second "Open" brings up the "Open with" menu.
>> >
>> > So you can see that the menu text selection for the "Open with" menu
>> > only
>> > states "Open" now, not the "Open with" I used to see.
>> >
>> > Does that help?
>> >
>> > Birdman
>> >
>> > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Birdman,
>> >>
>> >> Is this happening to all the file types or for .txt only?
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> >> Windows XP Shell/User
>> >> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> "Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >> news:33FD8CBC-0430-4759-AFA0-A8CC23CFF86A@microsoft.com...
>> >> >I noticed that when I right-click a file (i.e. .txt) I have two
>> >> >"Open"
>> >> > options, they both say open. It appears that the bold one (first
>> >> > item
>> >> > in
>> >> > the
>> >> > options list) is a normal 'open', and the non-bold one (several
>> >> > lines
>> >> > down)
>> >> > is the one that used to be "open with". Selecting the second 'open'
>> >> > gives
>> >> > me
>> >> > the "open with" program selection window. How do I make the second
>> >> > 'open"
>> >> > selection display the "Open with" text again?
>> >> > --
>> >> > Thanks,
>> >> >
>> >> > Birdman
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>

Birdman
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
Thank you Ramesh, the second option worked. I know it's just a minor
phrasing but it was sometimes confusing. If you still need me to post the
..reg file before and/or after the fix per. your previous reply let me know.

Birdman

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> BTW, that's the key causing the problem. You have two options:
>
> 1. Backup and delete the key (open-with option won't be available in the
> context menu)
> -or-
> 2. In the right-pane, set the (default) value in this registry key to "Open
> with..."
> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas
>
> Follow the 2nd method, now, "Open with..." would be available in the context
> menu.
>
> --
> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP Shell/User
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 02:05 AM
Glad that helped, Birdman. BTW, I don't require the REG file now!

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Birdman" <Birdman@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C93893C1-9214-4ADD-9C00-BBF08B0DFEC1@microsoft.com...
> Thank you Ramesh, the second option worked. I know it's just a minor
> phrasing but it was sometimes confusing. If you still need me to post the
> .reg file before and/or after the fix per. your previous reply let me
> know.
>
> Birdman
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> BTW, that's the key causing the problem. You have two options:
>>
>> 1. Backup and delete the key (open-with option won't be available in the
>> context menu)
>> -or-
>> 2. In the right-pane, set the (default) value in this registry key to
>> "Open
>> with..."
>> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas
>>
>> Follow the 2nd method, now, "Open with..." would be available in the
>> context
>> menu.
>>
>> --
>> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP Shell/User
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>>


XP Home SP2 Right-click menu missing text