Skip the Open With Web Service Prompt

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 May 2011 / Last Updated on 3 May 2011]

Select an application to open the file with quickier.

When you open a file with an extension Windows doesn’t recognize, it asks if you want to use the web service to research the required software. However, if you are an advanced user, you probably don’t need this. To make it go directly to where you can select the desired program, add this registry hack:


Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Value Name: InternetOpenWith

DWORD Value: 0 = hide web service, 1 = display web-service

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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