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I remember in Windows XP where you could edit file associations to not only change what program would open certain files, but edit individual items in a file's right-click context menu. You could also edit command line options if you wanted.

I'd like to do this with batch files so that I can change the Edit option to open the batch file with Notepad2. Double-clicking would still execute the Open command so the batch file executes as normal.

It appears that this advanced functionality in Windows 7 has been removed and replaced by feature that simply allows you to change what program a file opens with. Any way I can get a batch file to open for edit in a text editor of my choice?

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The association can be found in the Windows registry


default data is

%SystemRoot%\System32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1

You could change the Data target to your program of choice.

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I used this program to find it


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Should I restart the computer to make it done? I changed the key for "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe %1" but "Edit" keep opening on Windows notepad... – Diogo May 30 '12 at 17:50
opps, this only works for batfiles, I was trying to open .txt files... It worked now.... Sorry :D – Diogo May 30 '12 at 17:52
Awesome! It worked. I didn't even have to restart. Thanks, mate. – oscilatingcretin May 30 '12 at 17:54

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