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I recently installed Notepad++ v6.6.6 (On Windows 8 x64) and associated file types. The installer changed file type description of every associated extension to Notepad++ Document.

For example, I have php, css and js files in the same folder it groups all files under Notepad++ Document. Is there any way to change file type descriptions to their default. Like:

  • php - PHP File or PHP Script
  • css - CSS File or Cascading Stylesheet
  • js - JS File or JavaScript Document

I tried FileTypesMan but when I change description of 1 file type it changes all file type description. For example, when I change txt file to Text Document it changes all ext. associated with notepad++ to Text Document .

I'm willing to change every file type description by hand.

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Can you take a screenshot of what you're talking about? – Codezilla Jun 21 '14 at 14:11
Mine looked like this after I set notepad++ to be the default handler for those file types so I'm guessing you're talking about something else or maybe the windows 8.1 updates have fixed whatever you're having an issue with. Image of what I'm talking about: – Codezilla Jun 21 '14 at 14:17
@Codezilla Here is my screenshot !screenshot – Ashish GamezAddicted Jun 21 '14 at 17:15
possible duplicate of How do I set icons and description of file types associated with Notepad++? – user49214 May 8 '15 at 21:12
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If you have a look under:


You should see something like Notepad++_file

If you find the entry for that in HKCR, e.g.


You'll see the description "Notepad++ Document", this is where Explorer picks it up from. If you simply set the value for Notepad++_file to empty and then ALL files will revert to generic descriptions, e.g. TXT file, PHP file etc.

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