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Trouble-shooting Other Known Problems

Here are some other known problems that can affect some of Wing IDE's functionality:

Windows File Names with Spaces

When using Windows File Types or Open With to cause Python files to be opened with Wing, some versions of Windows set up the wrong command line for opening the file. You can fix this using regedt32.exe, regedit.exe, or similar tool to edit the following registry location:


The problem is that the association stored there is missing quotes around the %1 argument. It should instead read as follows:

"C:\Program Files\Wing IDE\bin\wing.exe" "%1" %*

Copy/Paste Fails on Windows

Webroot Secure Anywhere v8.0.4.66 blocks Wing IDE and Python's access to the clipboard by default so Copy/Paste will not work. The solution is to remove Wing IDE and Python from the list of applications that Webroot is denying access to the clipboard.

Failure to Find Python

Wing scans for Python at startup and may sometimes report that it could not be found even if it is on your machine.

If this happens all the time, point Python Executable in Project Properties (accessed from the Project menu) to your Python interpreter (python, python2.7, python.exe, etc). Wing remembers this and the message should go away, even with new projects.

If this happens only intermittently, it may be caused by high load on your machine. Try restarting Wing after load goes down. In some cases anti-virus software causes this during periods of intensive scanning.

Failure to Detect HTTP Proxy and Connect to wingware.com

Wing will try to open an http connection to wingware.com when you activate a license, check for product updates, or submit feedback or a bug report. If you are running in an environment with an http proxy, Wing will try to auto-detect your proxy settings. If this fails you will need to configure your proxy manually using Wing's HTTP Proxy Server preference. To determine the correct settings to use, ask your network administrator or see how to determine proxy settings.

Trouble-shooting Other Known Problems