When using the menu item File - Save Selection As, the default file type is PDF. Is there any way to change the default to something else, for example PNG?

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I am not aware of a programmatic way of doing this (other than programmatically opening/editing/saving this file) but you can do it by editing an internal file.

  1. In a text editor open

    FileNameJoin[{$InstallationDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd", "TextResources", "CommonFrontEndInit.tr"}]

  2. Find AddFileBrowserFilterPacket["SaveSelection", ...

  3. Change the order of the file types, e.g. to show PNG by default move PNG to the top of the list

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  1. Now the default will always be PNG
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    $\begingroup$ works well thanks +1 $\endgroup$
    – bobbym
    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:45
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot for this. I've been wanting to make this change for a long time, but didn't know how to do it. $\endgroup$
    – m_goldberg
    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:00
  • $\begingroup$ Exactly what I needed, thanks Mike. $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2016 at 21:08

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