A very easy way to edit text files (i.e., batch, login, vb scripts)

If you've ever created/edited login scripts, batch files, or any kind of scripts for that matter, you know that making sure that they work usually involves a lot of testing/editing to get it just right.

This is one of the easiest ways to edit existing files. It doesn't seem like much at first, but add this to your toolbox and I'm sure you'll get used to it very quickly.

For Windows 2000 (assumes local profile)

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to Documents and Settings.
  3. Navigate to your user profile.
  4. Navigate to the "SendTo" folder. (This folder is hidden, so you may have to change your folder preferences to display ALL files.)
  5. Add a new shortcut to NOTEPAD.EXE.

That's it! From this point on, any time you want to edit a script/file/ANYTHING:

Open Windows Explorer --> Right Click the file --> click SendTo --> Notepad

And the file will be displayed in Notepad. Edit it and save it from here. This is also a very easy way to open files of an unknown type (i.e., files with no extension).

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This was first published in November 2001

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