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Notepad Replacer 1.0 Released!

Do you use a Notepad alternative, like Notepad++ or Notepad2? Notepad Replacer will allow you to replace the default Windows version of Notepad with whatever alternative text editor you would like to use. It is fully compatible with a wide range of excellent text editors, including Notepad++ and Notepad2. Visit the download page to see the complete list of tested applications.

Advantages to using Notepad Replacer

  • Won't replace ANY system files, or change ANY file permissions
  • Won't trigger Windows File Protection warnings (WFP)
  • Won't run all the time, won't take up any system resources in the background
  • Doesn't require special support by the alternative application

How does this work?

  • Just download and run the Notepad Replacer setup file (below)
  • Follow the installation prompts, and browse to your replacement application
  • Done!
  • If you ever want to revert back to the default Windows Notepad, just un-install Notepad Replacer. Easy!
Notepad Replacer

It's super-easy to use, and works with every text editor we've tried. Best of all, it's completely free! Give it a try today, and replace Windows Notepad for good.

Jun 20, 2010 (modified Oct 25, 2016)  • #1
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You should put a screenshot. I f I don't see what the software GUI looks like, I don't download it.
Too bad.

Jun 21, 2010  • #2
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Nice work Jon! I just tried this out on my laptop and it works great :)
Jun 21, 2010  • #3
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@Sammy: I've posted a screenshot in the blog post, and on the download page. Enjoy! :)
Jun 21, 2010  • #4
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This saves me a few minutes whenever I set up a notepad replacement, and it's easy to undo. Thanks!
Jun 21, 2010  • #5
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Does it support "unattended" command-line parameters?
For examle, if I make silent installer, I want run somewhere NotepadReplacer.exe(without install) with parameters:
NotepadReplacer.exe /MyNotepad.exe and make MyNotepad.exe as Notepad
Jul 23, 2010  • #6
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@Alex: Sorry, there isn't currently a way to run this unattended and fill in the blanks for the editor. Can I ask why you would want to do this? :)
Jul 23, 2010  • #7
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Just installed Notepad Replacer on Win 7 and used it with Komodo Edit 5.
Everything works great!
I have a workaround on my XP machine to the same thing and it doesn't always work. If I see any more post on such workarounds I'll point 'em here.
Nice One.
Aug 31, 2010  • #8
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@VipX1: Thanks for the notice, I've updated the compatibility list. :)
Aug 31, 2010  • #9
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I have now put Notepad Replacer on my XP SP3 PC too and I again pointed it at Komodo Edit 5. Sweet, No Problems.
Thanks for the App!
Sep 8, 2010  • #10
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Fantastic. I am too lazy to use the other manual hacks with notepad++ binaries - this is perfect, amigo!
Sep 17, 2010  • #11
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