- July 7, 2021 at 8:45 am #27578
I’ve searched, unsucessfully, in these forums and on the Internet for a good guide to clean installing EmEditor to fully replace Windows Notepad, with custom syntax for .reg, .cmd and .ini files and custom toolbars already configured. This is what prevents me from using EmEditor as my default text editoir because it’s settings are all over the place and it doesn’t seem to have command line support for restoring them all at once.July 7, 2021 at 9:46 am #27579Patrick CParticipant
With respect to: to fully replace Windows Notepad
Automatically setting file type associations under Windows 10 is no longer as simple as it used to be. Several other programs I use have also given up on this and EmEditor’s built in function also doesn’t seem to work on Windows 10.
My preferred approach to setting associations is by (text file example; ditto for .reg etc):
● Right click → Open With → Choose another app → Select your app (might require selecting the .exe’s location) + Tick “Always use this app to open .txt files”
it’s settings are all over the place and it doesn’t seem to have command line support for restoring them all at once
I’m not entirely sure whether you are referring to EmEditor’s “fresh out of the box” settings or your custom settings and toolbars.
With respect to custom settings and toolbars: I agree that backing these up and restoring these is a pain. Custom macros are even worse, so I would very much welcome a more streamlined approach.
With respect to EmEditor’s default settings: Hit ctrl+Q; type “reset all” → select the “reset all settings” command and execute “run this command”
Hope some of this helps.July 7, 2021 at 10:44 am #27581
@Patric C. Notepad3 does an excellent job of fully replacing Windows Notepad and I usually supplement it by merging a registry script to extend file associations to *.reg, *.xml files and others I frequently need a text editor for. Don’t understand why EmEditor can’t do that.
But your second observation gets to the crux of my complaint about EmEditor: after you spend hours and hours customizing it there is no way to quickly and easily set it up again if your PC crashes or if (as I do) you do a clean install of Windows. EmEditor is a great piece of software but I this is its achilles heel for me.September 19, 2021 at 5:11 pm #27580
@Patrick C. Notepad3 does an excellent job of replacing Windows Notepad in both versions 8.1. and Windows 10. I usually supplement it by merging a companion registry file that extends Notepad3 file associations to *.reg, *.xml and other files I want to open with a text editor. But alas Notepad3 it is not as robust as EmEditor, particularly with respect to search and replace. But your second observation gets to the crux of my issues with EmEditor: once you spend hours customizing EmEditor and then, subsequiently, do a clean install of Windows (as I like to do when upgrading to avoid conflicts and compatibiility issues) you lose all the settings and have to start from scratch.
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