how to change the default program to open picture attachments in outlook 2010?

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  • Outlook doesn't have settings of its own.  It uses whatever you configured for Windows.

    Brian Tillman [MVP-Outlook]
    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 2:42 AM
  • Guess again.  Outlook 2010 is not using the Windows default programs.  HTML files are opening in notepad and jpg's are opening in Paint.  These are not the programs they open with if I open them outside of Outlook. 
    Thursday, April 01, 2010 10:18 PM
  • I am having the same issue. Pictures open in paint not the default program that windows uses to open them. Very Annoying!!???
    Friday, April 02, 2010 4:58 AM
  • I am also having this issue on an XP machine.


    Windows Explorer has the default program for JPG as windows picture and fax viewer. Outlook opens them up in Paint.

    Tuesday, May 04, 2010 5:24 PM
  • Just a quick question, but have you confirmed they are specifically .JPG or .JPEG files?

    On my Win7 box, default programs has JPG files are Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Explorer and Outlook 2010 (Final) both open correctly.



    Michael Reinders, MCITP:Enterprise Administrator Tushaus Computer Services
    Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:55 PM
  • I'm having the same problem with paint.  It doesn't matter if it's JPG or JPEG files. Both are set in the Control Panel to open with my default picture viewer (ACDSee).

    Even funnier is that some open in ACDSee.  Other's open in Paint.  I've tried to find some correlation, but can't. 

    This is REALLY frustrating.


    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 1:43 PM
  • Has anyone figured this out?  I still have the problem.  Outlook should be using whatever program Windows is set to open the file in, yet jpgs and jpegs open in MSPaint 99% of the time.  I've even done the "Send a Frown" thing requesting contact, but get no reply.  I'd urge everyone else here to to do the same thing.
    Friday, June 11, 2010 3:03 AM
  • I finally figured it out - If you have windows 7

    Select the windows button (bottom left corner) to the right you will see deffault programs - click on that

    Then select Associate a file or protocol with program

    For myself my pdf's were opening with picture viewer - I found the extension .pdf and changed the program to adobe


    Problem solved!

    • Proposed as answer by Surfengine Thursday, August 09, 2012 4:16 PM
    Wednesday, August 10, 2011 7:50 PM
  • Another way to do this is:

    1) Copy the file for which you want to change the default to your desktop. (You'll only have to do this one.)

    2) Right click on the image

    3) Select Properties (the last choice)

    4) On General, you'll see "Opens With" Select the "Change" button

    5) Select the program you want to use (popular ones will show up automatically, you may have to hunt for others)

    6) Select "apply" and this will automatically set the property for all images/documents of that type.

    7) Note this also works if you don't want Notepad to be the default for text files, etc.

    8) Also note, as mentioned above, the .JPG and .JPEG are considered different file extensions so you'll have to do this once for each file type.

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:37 PM
  • For Windows 8 users, close Outlook and go to the Control Panel (Apps), then choose Default Programs, then pick, "Associate a file type or protocol with a program". Find the file type(s) you care about and choose "Change Program."  RGS
    Monday, September 16, 2013 3:20 PM
  • Worked like a charm.  THanks!
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:31 PM
  • None of these solutions work with my Windows 10 (free upg from Win7). My case is I have all jpg/jpeg/png's open In MS Office 2010 Picture Manager. Set this up in Control Panel as I've done since WinXP. Dbl-click on any such image in Win10 File Explorer and it will open in Office 2010 PM just as it should. BUT ... when someone attaches a jpg image in an email which I receive in Outlook 2010 and I click on the attachment, Windows 10 asks me EVERY SINGLE TIME what application I want to open the image in, even for multiple attachments in the same email! (I even tried the Properties approach described by Monica above and the Properties clearly said that a jpg image opens with MS Office 2010.)

    This is a Windows 10 issue, I am certain, since (a) I have never had this problem before I upgraded and (b) the discussions above clearly show it isn't a problem with Windows 8 (which I skipped) either.

    Since both Outlook and the OS are Microsoft products, I sincerely believe this is MICROSOFT'S problem.

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:34 PM