Replacing Notepad Again

When I replaced the silly Notepad last time, I switched to SciTE.  While SciTE was good, its UI was non-standard and the single binary packaging version had some irritating problems such as config file updating.  Still it was better and it's syntax hilighting was really helpful.

Now there is a better option: Florian Balmer's Notepad2 (via Omar Shahine).

Notepad2 seems to offer everything SciTE did and without having to live with it's weird UI.  And it also comes with source code if you need to make changes.

To install, you can follow Omar's directions or do the samething I did last time.  Here is a copy with appropriate changes.

How to replace Notepad.exe on Windows XP

Windows XP has file protection so Notepad.exe will get restored if you just replace the file with renamed Notepad2.exe.  Follow these steps:

  1. Download, expand and rename Notepad2.exe to Notepad.exe
  2. Save a copy of the original Notepad.exe somewhere.
  3. Replace Notepad.exe in following three locations (order is significant):
    • %WINDIR%\System32\DllCache
    • %WINDIR%\System32
    • %WINDIR%

      *%WINDIR% is your Windows folder (i.e. C:\Windows)

  4. Press Cancel when a warning dialog appears.