Notepad++ missing from Context Menu in Windows 7

Just upgraded my laptop to Windows 7. After installing Windows 7 and configuring devices, I started downloading all the good application without which I can’t survive a day on computer. Once of these applications was Notepad++. After installing Notepad++, I realized that the Notepad++ edit option was missing from context menu.

I am use to just right click on files and select Notepad++ so this was bit of disappointment. After doing some digging on google, I was able to create a registry entry to context menu and here are the steps which I had to follow:

  1. Launch registry editor using regedit command.
  2. Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell registry tree.
  3. Create a new key under band name it Notepad++
  4. Under this key, create a new registry entry of type REG_SZ and enter Notepad++ as data for this registry key. (The data entry will appear as it is in context menu. You can also enter ‘Open with Notepad++’ if that’s what you want to appear in context menu.)
  5. Create another key entry under Notepad++ and name it command.
  6. Create a new registry entry of type REG_SZ and add C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\Notepad++.exe %1 as data. If you installed Notepad++ at different location that default, modify the path in command accordingly.
  7. That’s it, you can close the registry editor and you should have Notepad++ in context menu for all file types. Below screenshot shows the registry editor screen with entry.
    Notepad++ Context Entry

If it seems hard to follow all the above steps, you can just download the registry file and execute it 🙂