Right Click - Edit with Notepad

March 18, 2003

Developers and system administrators often need to open files of types that aren't mapped to a particular program. This ofcourse requires that slow "Open With" window to pop up. A trick I recently found is to add a shortcut to the right click menu, to open files with notepad.

This is done by editing the registry, under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\ There may or may not be a key under the * called Shell, if its not there create a key called Shell under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\. Under the Shell key create a key called Notepad, and under notepad create a key called Command. So now you shold be in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Notepad\Command. Set the value of (Default) in the Command key to be notepad %1 or the path to another text editor.

Now when you right click on any file there will be a item in the menu called Notepad, that you can use to open the file with notepad.

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Or you could place a shortcut in the sendto folder. RightClick -> SendTo -> Notepad I wonder if a script could be written to take advantage of the "file" command [http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man1/file.1.html] that I commonly use on my linux desktop.
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Shortcuts are good... notepad is not good. I've replaced notepad with metapad. Small, fast, no filesize limit, intelligent find-and-replace, goto line/column, UNIX file support, recent files list, wordwrap and more. Metapad http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/
I tried this tip and set it to open wordpad. Unfortunately, whenever I right-click on a file and select Wordpad, it asks me which program to open the file with, so I select Wordpad and check always use this setting. The setting doesn't keep and it asks me every time I use my new right-click shortcut. Any help is appreciated.
I have a website created with FrontPage and editable with FP from the creating computer. But I'm networked to a second computer which offers only Notepad for editing. Should I be able to access FrontPage for editing on my second computer as well?
Awesome!! thanks just what i was looking for.
How handy!
Sweet this is perfect, thx.
Awesome! this is perfect for README files and other unix-originated files that have no file extension! I'm using SciTE, but just about any text editor works great here!
I have used the tip to put notepad to the right-click menu and I have also added my own program (which crops and resizes pictures) to that rightclick menu. However, when I pass a picture to my own program it often fails because only the shortened names like "D:\AFBEEL~1\PONTJE~1.JPG" are passed to my program instead of the full name "D:\AFBEELDINGEN\PONTJE VAN PIET.JPG" DOes anyone know of a solution for this problem?
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In the Command key (Default) you should add fot value "%1" instead just %1.
This does not work on Windows XP. Is there a way to make it work on XP?

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