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Classic Tip: A Notepad trick from 1999 that works in Vista

Even though Microsoft makes major changes to Windows through the years, some things stay the same. This Notepad trick for Windows 98 that was featured in our 1999 Windows TechMail is a prime example.

Even though Microsoft has made major changes to Windows through the years, some things stay the same. This Notepad trick for Windows 98, which was featured in our 1999 Windows TechMail, is a prime example.

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Microsoft likes to change the interface of Windows every time it releases a new version. It moves things around or adds things like Aero Glass ostensibly to make the interface more intuitive or modern. But in the process, a lot of things stay the same.

For example, I found a tip from our Windows NT/2000 TechMail that discusses how to add Notepad to the Send To menu in Explorer. It was originally designed for Windows 98, but it still works today.

From the TechMail archives

This tip comes from our Windows NT/2000 TechMail dated 12/23/1999:

Today's Windows NT/2000 Tip

OPEN ANY TEXT FILE (REGARDLESS OF EXTENSION) IN NOTEPAD

Opening files in Notepad is extremely easy when you use the Send To

option. By adding Notepad to Send To, you only need to right-click the

file you wish to open and select Send To | Notepad.

To add Notepad to your Send To menu, right-click Start and select

Explore (not Explore All Users). Open Programs | Accessories, right-

click Notepad, and select Copy. On the left side of the explorer

window, right-click Send To (it should be directly above the Start Menu

folder) and select Paste. If you right-click any file and select Send

To, you'll see the Notepad option. (If the file is too big for Notepad,

you'll be prompted to use Wordpad.)

Fast forward to Windows XP and Vista

You can do the exact same procedure with Windows XP and Vista. The trick works just as well. Of course in Windows XP and Vista, you have an additional option to open files with Notepad other than using the Send To trick. When you right-click a file, you can select Open With. From the Open With menu, you can select any file type preregistered for the file other than the default. You can also use Choose Program to select a nonregistered program like Notepad.

4 comments
anicesteak
anicesteak

yes, so old, but I didn't know about it. Saves me from changing the extension to .txt - thanks for the tip.

Slayer_
Slayer_

This is soooooooooooooo old, I started doing this a long time ago in Windows 95, it's epicly useful.

billion002
billion002

the "sendTo" folder is hidden.Either use the direct path on the address bar or disable hidden folders..

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