Notepad++ not shown in Explorer context menu

I recently installed Notepad++ on 2 PCs, and noticed that on one of them the “Edit with Notepad++” context menu entry was missing in Explorer.

After some digging I found that Notepad++ and SciTE register the same CLSID under

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.

Steps to register Notepad++ in the context menu:

  • Uninstall SciTE
  • Re-install Notepad++
  • Kill and restart explorer.exe from Task Manager (or reboot)

Works 😉

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3 Responses to Notepad++ not shown in Explorer context menu

  1. Stephen says:

    What about if I don’t have SciTE installed? I just installed Notepad++ on a clean Windows 7 install and I can’t get the context menu option to show up. Any ideas?

  2. Programmator says:

    In 64 bits OS (Vista or Seven), the context menu fonctionnality provided by the notepad ++ setup doesn’t work. Just read this post to bypass the issue :
    http://blog.donnfelker.com/post/Notepad2b2b-Shortcuts-Vista-64bit-Update.aspx

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