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I am running Notepad++ v.5.9.2 on Windows 7-64 bit. When I try to launch files in IE or Firefox from the Run menu in N++, there's no problem. However, when I click "Launch in Chrome" nothing happens, even though I have Chrome 12 installed on my system (and it runs fine outside of Notepad++).

I tried to modify the path to Chrome in the N++ shortcuts.xml file found in the following line: "chrome "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"". I tried replacing $(FULL_CURRENT_PATH) with the full path of the chrome.exe file on my machine, but it still doesn't work.

Does anyone know how I can fix this problem so that when I click on Run>Launch in Chrome the file will actually launch in Chrome like it does in IE and Firefox?

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Why did you try replacing the FULL_CURRENT_PATH part? This is for the currently opened text file.

Replace the "Chrome" part with the place where Chrome is.


<Command name="Launch in Chrome" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="82">&quot;c:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe&quot; &quot;$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)&quot;</Command>

Please focus the additional "&quot;" I put there. These are there because the path to Chrome contains spaces.

Example when used in cmd:

C:\>c:\programme\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
Der Befehl "c:\programme\internet" ist entweder falsch geschrieben oder
konnte nicht gefunden werden.


I am using German Windows and it says it can't find the command "c:\programme\internet". It thinks the command I am trying to run is "C:\Programme\Internet" with a parameter of "Exporer\iexplore.exe"

C:\>"c:\programme\internet explorer\iexplore.exe"


This runs Internet Explorer instantly. The reason nothing comes up is that Internet Explorer just doesn't write anything to the console when starting.

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@sinni800--Thanks. I thought I had fixed the chrome line in shortcuts.xml to look exactly like the command line you gave me, but it turns out I was missing the space between the path end quote and the beginning quote for $(FULL...) It doesn't work without the space!! – terrytek Jul 6 '11 at 14:57
@sinni800--I had deleted the original "Launch in Chrome" command (which was stupid) when I did the solution below. After I did a clean reinstall to get that item back, putting code<Command Key="82" Shift="yes" Alt="yes" Ctrl="yes" name="Launch in Chrome">"C:\Users\Terese\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"</Command>code STILL doesn't work, and I don't know why. – terrytek Jul 6 '11 at 16:28
Really, I don't know why... – sinni800 Jul 7 '11 at 10:00
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While browsing another unrelated Notepad++ answer, I came across something that helped me to figure out how to work around the problem (thanks jweede!!) Here is the documentation.

  1. Under the Run menu, click Run.
  2. Browse to wherever your Chrome executable is, mine is in C:\Users\(current user)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe This path will now appear in the box.
  3. Put quotation marks around the entire path AND a space after the last quotation mark (important)! Then type "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"in the box, after the space.
  4. Click "Run" in the dialog and it should open your current Notepad++ file in Chrome. If all is well, click "Save" and name your new shortcut and assign a keyboard shortcut.
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  1. Copy a Google Chrome shortcut icon into the Notepad++ folder

  2. Rename it chrome

You will need admin approval.

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+1 This is what got it done for me. Thanks. – David Heffernan May 25 '12 at 9:47

Normally, Notepad++ wouldn't need the path to chrome anyway, because the Chrome installer should have added an entry to the registry under the App Paths key:

On Windows XP (and I'm assuming it would work similarly on Windows 7):

REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe"

Should report:

Path        REG_SZ  C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application
<NO NAME>   REG_SZ  C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

On Windows 7 of course, that will be C:\Users\<username>

And on Windows 7, Chrome might be registered under the per-user App Paths key:
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe

But as long as these are in place, and point to the Chrome executable, Notepad++ should be able to run it, unless it uses some odd way of invoking programs.

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While many of these solutions will work, this is probably the most correct answer here. – Steve Rowe Apr 24 '12 at 5:42

It sounds like it might be a very small detail in the shortcuts.xml file. Does the chrome line look exactly like below?

<Command name="Launch in Chrome" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="82">chrome &quot;$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)&quot;</Command>

Edit - Also, what exactly is the error? Is it providing an error message, silently doing nothing, or something else?

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Yes, the Chrome line in the shortcuts.xml file looks just as you have it. There is no error message; it just silently does nothing. – terrytek Jul 6 '11 at 0:07
@BenJones--Yes, the Chrome line in the shortcuts.xml file looks just as you have it. There is no error message; it just silently does nothing. – terrytek Jul 6 '11 at 2:56

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