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Get Notepad the hell out of your life (and add shortcuts to other programs)

Posted by Mike Longin on August 5, 2008

So I always like to post this little tidbit about Notepad

Windows allows users to add quick launch names to programs to launch them out of the address bar or run bar.  To add a new quick launch name:

1.  Open up regedit from the run/address bar
2.  Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / App Paths
3.  Rightclick on app paths and add a new key
4.  Title the key the name of the shortcut you wish and add “.exe” at the end
5.  Set the Data in the Default entry of the key to be the path to the target.
Example
Key: nunit.exe
Data: C:\Program Files\NUnit 2.2\bin\nunit-gui.exe

To change notepad to be either notepad2 or textpad create a “notepad.exe” and fill the path to be the path to the target.

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One Response to “Get Notepad the hell out of your life (and add shortcuts to other programs)”

  1. Chris said

    Hey Mike, Congrats on starting a blog! I’ll make sure if you keep updating it to link Agile-Tester.com to your blog! Keep up the blogging.
    -Chris

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