Replace Windows 7 Notepad with Notepad++

March 10, 2010 | Filed under Software, Windows 7


Windows comes with a very basic text editor Notepad and it barely has any useful function at all. Moreover since it is a default text editor, it ends up opening every .txt file when you double click on them. Even if you have installed third party Notepad alternative such as Notepad++, Notepad2, Metapad and etc, you still have to right click and select Edit with NotePad++. Here is how you can replace Windows 7 Notepad with Notepad++ so you can open any text file and it will be edited with Notepad++.

1. Download Notepad++ and install
2. Download Notepad++ launcher and extract it to your desktop to get the notepad.exe file.
3. Go to C:\Windows\ and right click on notepad.exe and select Properties.
4. Go to Security tab, and click on the Advanced button.
5. Go to the Owner tab and click the Edit button.
6. Select the user account that you’re logged on in the list and click OK.
7. Go to the notepad.exe Properties window again and click the Edit button.
8. Select the user account that you’re logged on to highlight the account and then click on the Allow checkbox for Full control. You will notice that the other Allow checkboxes for Modify, Read & Execute, Read and Write will be checked. Click OK when done and click OK to close the notepad.exe properties window.
9. Now copy the Notepad++ Launcher which is also named notepad.exe to C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32. For 64 bit Windows 7, you will also need to copy the Notepad++ Launcher to C:\Windows\SysWOW64.

Now when you launch any .txt file, it will open with Notepad++. Even if you type notepad in Run window or the Search programs and files bar at Start Menu, it will launch Notepad++. Just a note, you might want to backup the original Windows Notepad.exe. If you haven’t and want to restore the original Windows Notepad, just run the command sfc /scannnow.

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