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.
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.