How to add “Open with Notepad” to the Context menu

HowtoGeek.com has a handy tip for Windows users, How to add “Open with Notepad” to the Context menu for All Files. This is Great! There are times when Windows makes it difficult to open unknown file types and this tip puts the “Open with…” on the Right-Click menu for ANY file.

I am not much of a Notepad person, I prefer EditPadLite, so here is how I altered the instructions to work with EditPadLite.

I went into RegEdit.exe (WindowsKey-R, regedit, enter) and opened HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, then *. I had to add a new key “shell”. I opened “shell” and added a new key “Open with EditPadLite”, then opened “Open with EditPadLite” and added a new key “command”. I double clicked on the (Default) and entered:

"C:\Program Files\JGsoft\EditPadLite\EditPadLite.exe" %1

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Close RegEdit and test it out.

You may have to use a different path, if you installed EditPadLite into a different folder. I had to add the “” because of the space in C:\Program Files folder name.

If you prefer the functionality without the fuss, try a copy of NotePad++. The installation program can add NotePad++ to the Right-Click menu.

via LifeHacker.com

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