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Hi @xPainter if you are just getting a blank canvas and no error message then I would expect that there is an issue with an registry entry.


Open the registry editor and search for the key PaintDotNet.exe.

The subkey PaintDotNet.exe\shell\open\command should show "%1" at the end. If this is not the case then add it.

The value of my command key is: "C:\Program Files\paint.net\PaintDotNet.exe" "%1"


Be aware there are multiple PaintDotNet.exe keys in the registry. Check all of them.





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6 hours ago, sflick said:

Also have this issue and made a bug report here: https://resource.dopus.com/t/open-with-to-load-image-in-paint-net-no-longer-working/39977

The solution is the same but it's only a workaround. Will the paint.net installer get a fix or whatever is causing that wrong entry?



Ahh, I'll look into that.


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On 12/3/2021 at 9:32 PM, otuncelli said:

I'm curious. What is the registry values (open & edit) for the MS Store version? It has to be different.


For Microsoft Store version Edit command on Windows 10, see this thread:




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