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:
- Launch registry editor using regedit command.
- Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell registry tree.
- Create a new key under band name it Notepad++
- 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.)
- Create another key entry under Notepad++ and name it command.
- 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.
- 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.
If it seems hard to follow all the above steps, you can just download the registry file and execute it 🙂