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How to enable the ‘Open with Notepad’ option in the Context Menu for All Files in Windows 7 and Vista

This method is for users who want to have the option of quickly opening unknown file types in Notepad.

Procedure:

Navigate to Start, type regedit in the search box and press enter.

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Scroll down to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell

Right click on shell and select New – Key from the drop down list.

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Name the new key Open with Notepad.

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Create another new key called Command in the right hand pane.

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Double click on the (default) value in the right hand pane and enter in the following:

notepad.exe %1

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Exit out of Registry Editor and be sure to check if any file has the additional option Open with Notepad in its Context menu (as shown below).

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