Methods and Steps to Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10. – Do you want to use Notepad++ as your Default editor? Windows 10 provides the Built-in application Notepad to edit notes and texts. But due to advanced and basic features of Notepad++ application, many users like to run it as the default one.
NotePad++ is equally helpful to the beginner as well as advanced coders and developers. This text editor presents User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding feature. The Notepad++ gives regular expressions compatible with Perl. The editor’s user interface is fully customizable and includes multi-line, vertical tab and vertical.
Notepad++ allows Auto-completion of Syntax, Word completion, Function completion and Function parameters like promising attributes. Moreover, you can utilize Multi-Document, WYSIWYG (Printing), Zoom in and zoom out and several other things.
Windows 10 permits to set a 3rd party app as default but when you proceed with the workaround you notice that Notepad++ is missing from the default settings page.
In addition, Settings program includes an option to “Choose default app by file type”. Notepad is a text editor and works with the file type .txt. But when you click on .text you will find only Wordpad in the alternative list. Fortunately, there is a way out to Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10. See a guide regarding this.
Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10
Step 1 – Press Window button, type CP, and then hit the Enter button.
Step 2 – Select Default programs in the Control panel appearing on the Desktop screen. The default programs window will quickly appear on the computer screen.
Step 3 – Press the Second option – Associate a file type or protocol with a program in the right pane.
Step 4 – You see a huge list of file type extensions in a big box. Scroll down deep to locate .txt extension. Once you have found .text, Select it and click on Change program.
Step 5 – You will get a pop-up How do you want to open .txt file from now on showing few applications. If you find Notepad++ here then click on it. In case, the application is not here, click on More apps.
Step 6 – Most probably you will get Notepad++ on the list now. Click on it to Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10.
Step 7 – One scenario occurs when you don’t see Notepad++ in the More apps. In this condition, click on Look for another app on This PC.
Step 8 – Open as dialog prompts displaying By Program files directory by default. But commonly Notepad++ is located somewhere in a different directory. Go to the directory and select Notepad++.exe.
Step 9 – For example, on my PC, it is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++. So I opened C drive from the left pane and double clicked on Program files (x86). In this folder, clicked on Notepad++. Then I Opened this folder and double click on Notepad++.exe.
So this easy method allows Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10. Once you will make this setting change you will notice that all the notepad icons will be changed to Notepad++ icons. When you open any text file Notepad++ will show the file.
You have the ability to use the below command (admin) to Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10 from edition 7.5.9 –
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe" /v "Debugger" /t REG_SZ /d "\"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\notepad++.exe\" -notepadStyleCmdline -z" /f
Important – you may need to replace
%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\ with the location
%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\ if you have installed Notepad++ 64-bit.
In case, you need to undo the change run the following command –
reg delete "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe" /v "Debugger" /f
Update for Windows 10 1909 –
Here is how to How to Make Notepad++ As Default Text Editor on Windows 10 1909 and 1903 –
- Find a .txt file on desktop and right click on it.
- Hover over Open with and select Choose another app from sub menu.
- On the pop saying How do you want to open this file click on More apps link.
- Now you can see Notepad++ in the list, select this.
- Check the box before Always use the app to open .txt file.
- Click on OK.
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