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'Pick an app' is always default program for .TXT

  1. #1


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)

    'Pick an app' is always default program for .TXT


    A weird problem just started.

    Usually I have UltraEdit set as my default TXT program handler.

    But suddenly today it went away and all I see is 'Pick an app' for the 'Opens with' setting on TXT properties.

    I have tried to set the default program back to UltraEdit using these methods:
    1) UltraEdit's own file associations menu
    2) The 'Change' button on .txt properties next to Pick an app
    3) The default programs editor
    4) the default program control panel
    5) the Choose default program property on the text file

    None of these methods work, after I make the change the default is still 'Pick an app'.

    I can open UltraEdit and open the text file, or I can select it when I get the 'Pick an app' list, but it is never permanent.

    This is driving me crazy.

    Has anyone else seen this problem? Google didn't give me any ideas.


    EDIT:

    I am wrong about it happening 'just now'. I restored my last image from June 30 and the problem was still there at that time.
    Last edited by arachnaut; 06 Jul 2013 at 01:32.

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I had this start today for all files I used to be able to open with "Notepad". Does it give you UUedit in the Popup List when you right click on it? If so then it's exactly what my system is doing. Not for TXT files, but for other ones like "Reg" files etc.
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  3. #3


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Here is what I see:



    and:

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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    For some reason, the Default App, UUedit, is not propagating through the registry for the file type. As you can see with mine, it's only listing Dreamweaver and something called "vsta" as my "openwith" apps, but Notepad is listed down there in "Shellnew" - Try setting UUedit in there, or try re-installing UUedit - Are you running the full version of it or just the Trial version?

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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Oh Yah, when I right click, it gives me the regular Drop Down list, not the POPup like you are seeing for yours.

    That is very odd, that the app is not listed, can you set it from the file associations window?
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  6. #6


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I have been using the full version of UltraEdit since windows 95 or maybe earlier in DOS.

    My registry entry for .txt looks like this:



    EDIT:

    I'm using the latest UltraEdit: Version 19.10.0.1012
    Last edited by arachnaut; 06 Jul 2013 at 00:01. Reason: add info
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Try moving UUedit to the top of that list, see what happens. Also, what does it say in "Shellnew"? - Stick it in there as well. :P
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  8. #8


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I think I will wait a while and hear what others write before I mess around in the registry.

    I don't have a problem with registry edits, but I'd rather try to understand why the default editor doesn't work correctly.

    I should be able to change the default program handler using the methods I mentioned - that it doesn't happen indicates something majorly wrong.
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by arachnaut View Post
    Here is what I see:



    and:

    Click Change Program button & choose UltraEdit for Current Default.

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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    BTW that's some great stuff you got on Soundcloud!
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