I've added Notepad2 path to Path

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And when I do notepad2 somefile.js - it says it's not recognized as an internal or external command.

I tried notepad2.exe - still doesn't work. What else I should do to be able to do what I can do with notepad? i.e. notepad somefile.txt - boom, opens it.

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    – Ajasja
    Feb 14, 2017 at 8:58

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You need to add the path of the folder containing notepad2.exe not the full path to the actual exe. So use:

C:\Program Files\Notepad2\

NOTE: Changes you make to your PATH (or any other Environment Variable) do not take effect in programs that are already running. The easiest way to make sure that your changes take effect for all programs is to log out and then back in again (or restart the computer, if you also want Windows System Services to see the change). However, if you just need to use the changes in the Command Prompt, it is enough to close the cmd window and reopen it.

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    Changes to your environment variables typically require a reload, so log out/log in should be sufficient, but a restart would do the trick as well.
    – heavyd
    Feb 13, 2017 at 18:45
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    Yay! It works! Victory for me, victory for everyone! Thanks! Feb 13, 2017 at 18:49
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    @MarinaDunst You can also restart explorer by opening the task monitor, killing all explorer.exe instances and then starting explorer.exe in File/Run new task. This will reload the environment variables for explorer, which will pass it along to all the new programs you start from it.
    – isanae
    Feb 13, 2017 at 23:05
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    When running from command line, you don't have to restart, log out, or kill explorer, you just need to kill all instances of CMD. And, actually, I'm think that any new instance will work, so you don't have to kill things that aren't related.
    – David
    Feb 14, 2017 at 6:36
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    @David Environmental variables are inherited from the launching process by default - so unless that's disabled (as in e.g. the run dialog IIRC), you need to restart the launcher as well. In most cases, that's explorer (start menu, desktop, "My Computer", anything that uses the shell, really). That's why relogging or restarting helps - you reload the shell, which reads the stored environmental variables. You don't have to kill all instances of CMD - only the ones where you want to use that variable.
    – Luaan
    Feb 14, 2017 at 8:42

Depending on what you are doing, it is also possible to use the "App Paths" registry key.

This is how you are able to launch a number of applications, e.g. Chrome, Firefox, notepad++.exe, etc.., without them being in your "PATH".

Plus, it's best to keep the PATH variables as clean as possible, it will save a number of unnecessary files searches when the Search path is used. The order of the values in the path should also be considered for this reason.

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    To add to EMK's answer, if a program has been added to App Paths, it can be started with the start command.
    – Random832
    Feb 14, 2017 at 4:03

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