‘Open with Notepad’ option can be accessed easily under Open with pop-up menu, but it doesn’t visible in the main context menu. There is no direct option available under Settings or Control Panel using which you can add Notepad in the context menu. Still, this doesn’t mean that it is impossible. In this tutorial, I have shared a simple tweak using which you can always show ‘Open with Notepad’ in Windows 10 context menu.
You need to create a new Registry key and a String Value. It is very easy to do. Also, you can revert the changes any time you need. Have a look at the screenshot added below that shows before and after comparison for right-click context menu of a file.
It is clearly visible that before there was no ‘Open with Notepad’ option in the context menu, but after it was visible there. You can also do the same by following some easy steps. Let’s see how we can do this.
How To Add and Always Show ‘Open with Notepad’ Option in Windows 10 Context Menu?
Before you start, it would be good to create a system restore point. This will help you get back to the previous state if something went wrong. Although, it is quite safe to add keys and string values in Windows 10 registry here, but still it is always good to have a backup. Now you
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is open ‘Registry Editor’. You can use Run command and type Regedit or take the help of Search box to open it.
Step 2: Access the shell key. Its location is:
Step 3: Create a new key under shell key and give it a name. Its name should be Open with Notepad.
Step 3: Now create a New String value under Open with Notepad key and rename it with ‘notepad.exe‘.
Step 4: Now it’s the time to fill the Value data of notepad.exe String Value. Double-click the value and a new window will be in front of you. Here, you need to enter ‘-2’ under Value data field. Save the changes and you’re done.
The next time when you will access right-click menu in Windows 10, Open with Notepad option will visible always.
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You can simply delete Open with Notepad key when you don’t want to see this option in context menu anymore. So, full control will be in your hands always.
People like me who mostly try to open RTF, TXT, and other text content files using Notepad, adding Open with Notepad option in the main context menu in Windows 10 can be a very useful thing. This simple trick helps you do this very easily.