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Switched to AkelPad, a Powerful Notepad Replacement

I was using Notepad 2 along with Notepad++. Notepad++ is feature richer but it lacks of an x64 build, while Notepad 2 obviously lacks of lots of features.

A few days along, I came across AkelPad by Internet search, and now I am happy with it except the following facts,

  • The developers are not Windows UAC aware. As this application is not designed for Windows Vista and above, you have to install it to a safe place, such as D:\AkelPad on my machine. In this way you will hit less issues.
  • The installer sucks as it tries to replace Notepad.exe in the copy and replace manner. Please don’t use the replace Notepad mode while installing it. Later I will share a tip on how to replace Notepad in a much better way.
  • There is no shell extension to bind to Windows Explorer context menu like Notepad++. Cannot imagine why not.

So please follow the tips to resolve the cons if you feel the same,

Replace Notepad

A better way is to use a registry key hack (Process Explorer uses this approach too),

  1. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options node, and add a new key notepad.exe.
  2. Add a string value to this new key, and pointed to the path of AkelPad.exe with /Z, such as "D:\AkelPad\AkelPad.exe" /Z.

Add to Context Menu

  1. Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell node, and add a new key named Open with AkelPad.
  2. Under this new key, add command as a new key.
  3. Change the (Default) value to the path of AkelPad.exe with %1, such as "d:\AkelPad\AkelPad.exe" %1.

Enable Coder Plugins

By default, syntax highlighting is not enabled, so you need to click OptionsPlug-ins menu item, and then enable them in Plugins window.

Hope you like AkelPad. If you have any comments, you may join its forum.

This post is licensed under CC BY 4.0 by the author.
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