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Thread: Add "Open with Notepad" to the Context Menu for All Files

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    Hari Maurya's Avatar
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    Default Add "Open with Notepad" to the Context Menu for All Files

    This registry hack is nothing new, it's been around forever… think of this as a refresher course. Also note that you can use this same technique to substitute any other application that you'd like by adjusting the path in the registry to point to the different editor.

    Manual Registry Hack

    Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:


    Right-click on "shell" and choose to create a new key, calling it "Open with Notepad". Create a new key below that one called "command". Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and enter in the following:

    notepad.exe %1
    The change should take effect immediately… just right-click on any file and you'll see the next menu entry.

    Download Registry Hack

    Just download, extract and double-click on the Open With Notepad Fix.reg file to enter the information into the registry.

    Download Open With Notepad Fix

    PS: You may also try Ultimate Windows Tweaker.

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    Can we not also simply right click the file, select open with, the in the box select Notepad also ? In that case the Open with notepad would always appear as one of the options to open the file with.

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    Old reg tweak but still needed in day 2 day Windows computing.
    Thanx Hari for this graphics enriched article.

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