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Use PowerShell to Add WordPad to Context menu

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    Use PowerShell to Add WordPad to Context menu


    I've never used powershell and don't want to mess anything up. I found this site which makes it look easy but confusing. I'm thinking just swap "WordPad" where it says "Notepad"

    Script to add an item to the context menu in Windows 8 (PowerShell)

    not sure if this belongs in customization or software

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    India
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    Windows 7 x64/ Windows 8.1 x64


    Hi PcRat,

    Open Regedit


    Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.rtf


    Expand .rtf


    If you see a Word.RTF.8, expand it as well and you should see a folder named "ShellNew".


    Right-click the"ShellNew" folder and click New > String Value. Rename the string made to "NullFile" without the quotations. Close Regedit.


    Right-click your desktop and click New > ... you should see a "RTF Document". This may or may not open directly with WordPad. If it doesn't, you need to set the default program for .RTF documents as WordPad.
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    I don't have it in my right click context. But I chose Wordpad as my default for Txt programs, through the Control panel (Default programs). But maybe you are needing something a little more comprehensive??
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Use PowerShell to Add WordPad to Context menu
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