Top Guide: Add notepad to context menu (right-click menu)

Notepad On Windows 7 Contextual Menu_thumb.jpg 1If you want to quickly access the notepad via the context menu follow this small guide.

1. Step Open the registry editor
2. Step Uncollapse the location HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\
3. Step Create registry folders as seen below:

Creating Registry Keys To Add Notepad To Context Menu1

4. Step If you don’t know how, simply right-click on shell and then on New – Key as seen below, then enter a name e.g. 1-Notepad. Repeat the same for a sub-folder called command (this name MAY NOT be changed!!)

Creating New Registry Key Sub Folder 1

5. Step Select the subfolder command, double-click on (Default) in the right pane and enter the path either to notepad.exe or notepad++.exe

Path to notepad.exe: C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe
Path to notepad++.exe: C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe

6. Step Copy the path into the field “Value data” as seen below (IMPORTANT: It needs to be C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe, %windir% does not work here)

Notepad Exe Right Click Menu 1

7. Step If you also want the notepad icon to appear on the context menu, select 1-Notepad (or whatever you called it) and in the right pane select a REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expandable String Value) key with the file path to a valid .ico file OR the path to the notepad.exe that includes the notepad icon

Here’s what it would look like:

Icon For Notepad On Context Menu 1

8. Step Enter the path to C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe if you want to use the default notepad icon

9. Step Here’s the end result that works:

Notepad On Windows 7 Contextual Menu 1

If you still have problems, you can post your questions below. Please allow a few days for a qualified response on your input

Published: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 Last Modified: February 13, 2012

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