I recently formatted and then reinstalled everything, but oddly now, Windows 7 refuses to let me set Notepad++ as the default .TXT editor.

I try to set the "open with" file as usual:

  • right click a .TXT file
  • Open With...Choose DefaultBrowse
  • paste "C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe"

... but Notepad++ doesn't show up in the dialog (image below), and the file instead opens with lame old Notepad.exe.


However when I open "C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" from the ![Windows Key][oldwinlogo]+R Run dialog, Notepad++ opens without a problem.

Also, certain files' context menu have Edit with Notepad++, which also works fine.

From my registry, in case it's relevant:

  Content Type="text/plain"



I tried rebooting... Any ideas?

Edit: I had also tried the editing the Associations directly in NPP as admin, without success. Note that I'm using Windows 7.

(I just got all my N++ setting/themes/plugins/ftp/etc all painstakingly setup, and it was working fine until I tried it this morning, so I'm hoping for a fix other than reinstalling N++.)

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    What happens when you try to browse to that location? – Gerard H. Pille Nov 11 '18 at 7:41
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    In an open cmd window, does assoc .txt return .txt=txtfile and ftype txtfile return txtfile=%SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1 ? – LotPings Nov 11 '18 at 8:16
  • @GerardH.Pille - no difference browsing or pasting. – ashleedawg Nov 11 '18 at 9:36
  • @LotPings - correct. assoc .txt = .txt=txtfile, ftype txtfile = txtfile=%SystemRoot%\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1 – ashleedawg Nov 11 '18 at 9:38
  • @DavidPostill - Not a duplicate - I'm using Windows 7, and plus I had already tried your answer to the other question (NPP file assoc as admin) without success. – ashleedawg Nov 11 '18 at 9:56

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