Often times, I want to see the raw content of a file, no matter what the default association is or when there isn't a default association. Sure, I can do the OPEN WITH function from the right click menu, then jump to NOTEPAD. However, I've found it much easier to simply add a shortcut to my profile's SENDTO folder.
Find your SENDTO folder, and even perhaps add it to the 'DEFAULT USER' folder as well under:
C:Documents and Settingsyour profile directorySendTo
Simply add a shortcut for NOTEPAD.EXE here. I've also put shortcuts to other directories, and even my ZIP drive.
Note: SENDTO is usually a hidden folder, so be sure to turn on view hidden and system files/folders.