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Have Notepad In Send To





Meit
Many apply a registry tweak to have notepad as an option for unknown file types. We frequently see such files which are actually just text, but named with some odd file-extension. And then, some suspicious files which we want to make sure what the contents are. Well, in such cases where the registry tweak is applied, the downside happens to be that even some known files get associated with notepad - but no, all we want is to be able to open a file with notepad - the association part in such cases is unwanted interference. Also, notepad becomes a permanent fixture on the right-click menu - which is again an annoyance.



So what we do, is to have notepad as an option in the Send-To options, of the right-click menu in explorer. It fulfils the purpose to perfection (atleast, in my case). Here's what we do:



1. right-click desktop, choose "New >> Shortcut"

2. Type the location of the item - "notepad" - (that's all, no need to give path)

3. Next >> type name for shortcut - "Edit with Notepad"

4. Click finish

5. Now right-click this shortcut on the desktop, and choose properties.

6. Confirm that the "target" and "start in" fields are using variables - "%windir%system32notepad.exe" - (absolute paths will be problematic if you use this .LNK on machines other than your own)

7. Now, browse to "%UserProfile%SendTo" in explorer (which means "C:Documents and SettingsUser_NameSendTo" folder)

8. And copy the "Edit with Notepad.lnk" file which you already created, to that folder.

9. So now, you can right-click on ANY file-type, and be offered an option to open with notepad, from the SendTo sub-menu.



So now, you just right-click on an .nfo or .eml or .diz file (which are associated with other programs, and are sometimes just plain-text files), and choose "Send To >> Edit with Notepad" and it will open in notepad!

No more botheration of applying registry tweaks for something as simple as this.
Marcuzzo
this is more of a tutorial, but still, thanks for sharing
rjraaz
its not working on vista, i got access denied error when double click that folder to paste that link
rickylau
I'd rather install Notepad++ and it creates shell extensions for right click menu of every files to open with it. By the way why don't just browse the sendto folder and create shortcut right there?

rjraaz wrote:
its not working on vista, i got access denied error when double click that folder to paste that link

Did you have privilege of browsing that user folder? Users normally can only browse the user folder of their own (or plus all user folder, or none of these).
Marcuzzo
you can also edit this in the Registry

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa753589%28VS.85%29.aspx
and http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc144171%28VS.85%29.aspx
infinisa
Hello Meit

I always set up PC's to have Notepad in SendTo, but my method is simpler (I think!):

In Windows Vista:
Copy Notepad shortcut from
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories
to
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
(where User is the user you are logged in as).

In Windows XP:
Copy Notepad shortcut from
C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories
to
C:\Documents and Settings\User\SendTo
(where User is the user you are logged in as).

To do this, you need to make these folders visible in Windows (some of them are hidden by default).
rjraaz
Thanks buddy for this valuable way i was searching for this for last few days


infinisa wrote:
Hello Meit

I always set up PC's to have Notepad in SendTo, but my method is simpler (I think!):

In Windows Vista:
Copy Notepad shortcut from
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories
to
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
(where User is the user you are logged in as).
To do this, you need to make these folders visible in Windows (some of them are hidden by default).
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