System hacks: retrieve lost files “open way”

Whether you are using the most classic Windows 7, or the most mainstream Windows 10, when a document can be opened with a number of different programs, the right-click menu in the file will appear in the “Open” menu item, from which you can select the program to open the document. But sometimes we find that the program is not uninstalled on the computer, but the right-click menu is missing the opening method. How can I get it back?

The disappearance of the “Open” item is either due to uninstallation of the software, or it happens when the system configuration or registry keys related to “Open” are damaged. You need to fix it for each case.

1. False loss through the system settings to retrieve

Sometimes, through the “Open” list does not find a document to open a program, just because a program is not associated with the document, or although associated but is hidden. You can retrieve it through the settings.


Set the specific method: from the “Open” right-click menu command to select “Select Other Applications” (Figure 1); then click “More Applications” to expand the list of applications, from which you can select the program used to open the document; if you do not find the required program, you can click “Find other applications on this computer” to find the main running file of the program, confirm that the program to open the file (Figure 2).


2. True loss Modify the registry to recover

The true loss of items under “Open” can be recovered by reinstalling the application. If you can’t find the right-click menu command “Open As”, you need to use the registry. Search for regedit in Cortana, right-click it and select Run as administrator to start the Registry Editor. In the Registry Editor window, locate the “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellexContextMenuHandlers” item in order (Figure 3).


Expand the ContextMenuHandlers branch and look for the “Open With” option in the list. If it is not there, right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers and choose to create a new item and name it “Open With”. Double-click its “Default” name, fill in the value data box with {09799AFB-AD67-11d1-ABCD-00C04FC30936} and click “OK” (Figure 4). In this way, you can restore the “Open as” option in the right-click menu.


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