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Default HTML Editor in Windows - and Office

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in Technical Articles (Views: 4536)
I have done some fairly extensive testing and wanted to share the results on Office Deployment and the behavior shown after install… Here are my raw notes:

In my test, I used Expression Web as my HTML editor. After installation of Expression Premium 4…
- Notepad was still the default HTML editor
- Expression was an option to use as an editor, but not default.
- Upon opening Expression for the first time, it gives me the option to set Expression as default.

Once Expression was installed, and set as the default HTML Editor…
- After install of Office 2010, Expression was still the default editor
- New options appeared, as Word, Publisher and even Excel were listed as HTML editors as well.

Once Expression was installed, and Notepad was set as the default HTML Editor…
- After install of Office 2010, Notepad was still the default editor
- New options appeared, as Word, Publisher and even Excel were listed as HTML editors as well.

In a basic Windows 7 install, the default HTML editor is blank. After running the Internet Explorer first time setup, the editor is still blank. Once installing Office 2010 with the same package and config file, the default HTML editor is changed to Microsoft Word. This can be changed via script, which I will cover in a later blog.

Here are the keys needed, for now...
These keys may need to be created, if they do not exist yet (the default is blank). We’ll assume you’re wanting to use notepad as a default…
HKCR\.htm\OpenWithList\notepad.exe
HKCR\Applications\notepad.exe\shell\edit\command

These are to set the editor as default…
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\command
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Shared\HTML\Default Editor\shell\edit\command

You should delete these keys once finished…
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\Description
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Topic
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec\Application
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Default HTML Editor\shell\edit\ddeexec

I hope you found this information to be helpful.

 

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