Monday, July 01, 2013

Registry Hack - Add "Edit With..." Shortcut to Context Menu (Using Notepad++)

I've had to do this several times now, so it's time to write it down.  Here are the issues:

1. The existing 'Edit with Notepad++' context menu link generates an error on execution
2. Worse, it doesn't display at all through Multi-Commander

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So here's how to fix it.  First, get rid of the existing context menu entry, which you'll find under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/*/shellex/ANotepad++64.  Now you're ready to add the new entry:

1. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell.
2. Right-click shell and add a new key called "Edit with Notepad++" (or whatever you want to call it).
3. Now Right-click on the key you just created, and add a new key beneath it called "command".  The end result should look like this:



4. Within the command key, modify the default string to the full path of the Notepad++ executable in quotes followed by %1.  For example:



5. Go back to your original key (Edit with Notepad++ or similar) and add a new string value called "Icon".  Modify the value to the full path of the Notepad++ executable in quotes followed by ,0.  For example:



The changes will take effect immediately, and you should now have the item in your right-click context menu:





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