Replacing notepad with Notepad++ Permanently

I much prefer Notepad++ to the default Windows notepad so I decided to replace it permanently.

How-To Geek has a tutorial located here:  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12617/how-to-replace-notepad-in-windows-7/

However, I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly.  I already had Notepad++ installed on my system and configured to my liking.  If you try to use their method of copying the Notepad++.exe into the 3 Windows folders and then renaming the .exe then you’ll encounter an error which won’t allow the program to work properly.

Instead of copying and pasting the actual Notepad++.exe you’ll want to paste a shortcut instead.  Then all you have to do is rename the shortcut to “notepad”.  Now you can test it out by clicking on the start orb, typing “run” into the search bar, and hitting enter.  With the “Run” window opened type in “notepad” where it says “Open:” and hit enter.  Now Notepad++ should appear properly and the tweak is almost finished!

The final task we need to do is to edit the registry so that the “Edit” command in the right click context menu points to Notepad++ rather than the default notepad.  The reason we need to edit the registry is because all of the previous entries that the default notepad used previously won’t work anymore because it points to %SystemRoot%\System32\notepad.exe %1.  This doesn’t work because we pasted a shortcut (.lnk) in the system folders.

I’ve attached a .reg file that will do all of the editing automatically for you.  Just follow the below steps:
• Download “ReplaceNotepad”
• Double-click “ReplaceNotepad”
• A pop-up from the Registry Editor will appear saying:

Adding information can unintentionally change or delete values and cause components to stop working correctly. If you do not trust the source of this information in [location to ReplaceNotepad.reg], do not add it to the registry.

Are you sure you want to continue?

Click “Yes”
• Next you should see a pop-up from the Registry Editor saying:

The keys and values contained in [location to ReplaceNotepad.reg] have been successfully added to the registry.

Click on “OK” and the tweak is complete!

If you ever wish to restore your registry settings back to the default Windows notepad then you just need to run the “RestoreNotepad.reg” file that I’ve attached.

Downloads:
ReplaceNotepad Registry File – .zip archive
RestoreNotepad Registry File – .zip archive

[reg title=”ReplaceNotepad.reg”]
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\shell\print\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\edit\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\print\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\open\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inifile\shell\open\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inifile\shell\print\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSEFile\Shell\Edit\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSEFile\Shell\Print\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” /p “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSFile\Shell\Edit\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSFile\Shell\Print\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” /p “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell\edit\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.PowerShellScript.1\Shell\Open\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.PowerShellData.1\Shell\Open\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.PowerShellModule.1\Shell\Open\Command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1″

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\scriptletfile\Shell\Open\command]
@=”C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe” “%1”

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile\shell\open\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile\shell\print\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile\shell\printto\command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VBEFile\Shell\Edit\Command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VBSFile\Shell\Edit\Command]
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[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WSFFile\Shell\Edit\Command]
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[/reg]