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Windows 7: Good or bad to replace Notepad in windows 7?

View Poll Results: What should I do?
Just dont mess with it! 2 15.38%
Keep notepad and use Notepad++ as another app 6 46.15%
Replace Notepad with Notepad++ 3 23.08%
Replace Notepad with another app. (Describe what app in your post) 2 15.38%
Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

11 Jun 2010   #1
Beatnik

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 
Good or bad to replace Notepad in windows 7?

As a LONG time XP user I replaced Notepad with Notepad++ and was VERY pleased with the result as IMO Notepad should be more like Notepad++ in the first place. My question is first should I try to Replace it as i did with Windows XP? Secondly If this is an ok thing to do (will not harm anything). HOW do i do it? same as the how to's online about doing it with vista? Requires 4 file Replacements? TIA also does anyone have an opinion on possibly an different app for the replacement?


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11 Jun 2010   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

AFAIK Notepad++ is fully compatible with win7 so you should be able to use it out of the box.

As for the steps you mention for replacing notepad, if you can post a link to the instructions you have for Vista It should be possible to check them out and advise further
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11 Jun 2010   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No need to do the replacing manually, the latest version installs inself,

Notepad++ | Download Notepad++ software for free at SourceForge.net
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11 Jun 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

What a load of horse hooey, Notepad++ is saving the planet.


Good or bad to replace Notepad in windows 7?-horse-hooey.jpg


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11 Jun 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
What a load of horse hooey, Notepad++ is saving the planet.


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What else will they use as a fake argument.
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11 Jun 2010   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
What a load of horse hooey, Notepad++ is saving the planet.


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What else will they use as a fake argument.
How about painting it white and adding the "right" logo
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11 Jun 2010   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
What a load of horse hooey, Notepad++ is saving the planet.


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What else will they use as a fake argument.
How about painting it white and adding the "right" logo
Or getting it to make tea from recycled tea bags
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16 Jun 2010   #8
Beatnik

Windows 7 Home Premium X64
 
 

From the poll results most people voted for me to use it as a separate application I am OK with that although how can i associate ALL text type Files Even configuration files for programming to Notepad++, I thought it would be easier to replace notepad than to do this.

Now for how i was planning on replacing it I found several tutorials online how to do it on windows seven.
The links are below:
I was thinking i would follow the first link as i have used tutorials from that site and they have all worked as far as I remember.

So with this new information should i still go with the consensus of the poll and not replace notepad? or should I do it instead of the file association?

Now if I dont replace notepad how do i set the file associations? Can someone help me with a batch file? If someone who knows how to make the file i can add the extensions i want to associate although IDK how to make the batch file part that is most important, setting it up for file associations. Is this even possible with a batch file or some script to do it all in one swoop?

Currently I am leaning towards replacing notepad as i did this with XP and it was great and i used it that way for several years. So if you care Convince me with what you would do in my situation. Personally I think notepad should be much more like Notepad++ already I know its not an integral part of Windows but still it hasn't changed AFAIK since windows 95 (15 years of non development?) I know its not a priority but wordpad isn't really a better option either so .....

Thanks for your comments guys!

Also thanks for letting me know that using notepad++ is saving the environment now i feel so warm and fuzzy when i use it. ROMALOL

OHHH MAN its not much of an issue bnut i meant NOTEPAD 2 not NOTEPAD++ because Notepad 2 has a 64 bit version (LOL I think i am going to need 64 bit text editing LOL)
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16 Jun 2010   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You right click on a file and use Open with...that is how you associate files. You will have problems when a update like SP1 comes around and updates notepad.
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16 Jun 2010   #10
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

^^^^
Are you aware of any specific problems? I guess I'll maybe need to redo the file association, but will there be others?
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