open selected file in default application



  • @Ekopalypse

    How about relative paths in the selected text? :-)



  • Depends whether the path is always relative to one directory I guess.



  • @Ekopalypse

    I found a problem with the suggested Run menu entry. It doesn’t work for folders with embedded spaces. :-(



  • @Ekopalypse said

    cmd /c "start $(CURRENT_WORD)"

    @Alan-Kilborn said,

    It doesn’t work for folders with embedded spaces

    This variant works for me: cmd /c "$(CURRENT_WORD)", even when both the folder and filename have a space, like with:

    C:\Users\peter.jones\AppData\Local\Temp\space folder\space name.bmp
    


  • @PeterJones, @Alan-Kilborn, @Edificio-Rascacielos-Tenerife

    it seems that even cmd is not required, just "$(CURRENT_WORD)",
    at least on windows7 this is working for me.



  • I guess this and that explains why it doesn’t need a cmd shell at all.

    Quote from MSDN:
    open - Launches an application. If this file is not an executable file, its associated application is launched.



  • I have opened a txt file with another text editor …

    I put a screenshot : http://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/4857/uZvuc1.png

    do you see the option ?
    I have selected in the text file a path to the desktop
    and when selecting the option I can open that path

    The same with a path to a pdf file : open the pdf with the default program
    The same with a path to an image : open the image with the default program to see the images…



  • @Ekopalypse said in open selected file in default application:

    I assume OP wants to open the selected text with the default application.
    If this is the case there are two steps involved to make it work
    with context.menu.

    1. create a run menu entry: cmd /c "start $(CURRENT_WORD)"
      and save it with a meaningful name. I chose OpenWithDefaultApp
    2. Settings->Edit Popup Context Menu and add <Item MenuEntryName="Run" MenuItemName="OpenWithDefaultApp"/>

    Restart npp.

    Ufff. I was thinking in an addon or something. In the example I put above that option comes with the text editor . Surely must be something similar for npp



  • @Edificio-Rascacielos-Tenerife said in open selected file in default application:

    I was thinking in an addon or something.

    Apparently you didn’t understand. @Ekopalypse solution used two builtin features of Notepad++.

    1. Use Run > Run
    2. type "$(CURRENT_WORD)" (with the quotes) in the The Program to Run box
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    3. Click Save…. Give it the name OpenWithDefaultApp and hit OK 5f8ee26e-afee-4ccb-9706-fb142b270a8e-image.png
    4. hit cancel to get out of that box
    5. Settings > Edit Popup Context Menu
    6. Down near the end, maybe just before </ScintillaContextMenu>, add <Item MenuEntryName="Run" MenuItemName="OpenWithDefaultApp"/>
    7. Save
    8. Exit
    9. Reload Notepad++

    Now that you’ve set it up, highlight your filename, right click to bring up the context menu, and select OpenWithDefaultApp. If the filename was a .png, it will open up your default png-image editing application with that filename. I thought that’s what you wanted.



  • @Edificio-Rascacielos-Tenerife

    there is no need for an addon as npp can do it using run menu.

    Run->run… and add "$(CURRENT_WORD)"

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    press Save... and give it a meaningful name like OpenWithDefaultApp

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    Now you can already open selected paths with run menu

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    If you want to add it to the context menu do

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    and put the following into it <Item MenuEntryName="Run" MenuItemName="OpenWithDefaultApp"/>

    Then you have

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  • Hello, @edificio-rascacielos-tenerife, @peterjones, @alan-kilborn, @ekopalypse and All,

    I tested the various syntaxes, to put in the The Program to Run box, after hitting the F5 key, on my old Windows XP SP3 laptop !

    And it happened that using the cmd and/or the Start commands did not work properly, in some cases, when filename and/or path contain spaces !


    Finally, using the simple syntax "$(CURRENT_WORD)" and, even, the syntax $(CURRENT_WORD), without the double quotes " are just fine, in all cases :

    • when selecting an absolute path with/without space(s) ( for instance, Drive Letter:\----\-- --\----\-- --.jpg )

    • when selecting a relative path with/without space(s) ( for instance ( \----\-- --\----\-- --.jpg )

    • when selecting only a filename with/without space(s) ( for instance, -- --.jpg )

    Remark : Even if these paths or filenames are, themselves, embedded between double quotes ", the result is still correct, with the two syntaxes "$(CURRENT_WORD)" or $(CURRENT_WORD) and the filename is opened with its default application ;-))

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • Well I am going to try.

    I think above is the answer.
    Why don’t you put this in the contextual menu for the npp version ? for no programmers like me may be the best solution !

    Nevertheless I gonna try and comments.

    It seems to me easier at a first glance try to follow the Ekopalypse’s instructions…



  • Done !
    My first attempt was not good. I try only vary the contextual menu but runs nothing.
    Then I put the environment in english and try to create the script to run the program OpenWithDefaultApp
    with the line : “$(CURRENT_WORD)”

    Then reopen the program all began to work.

    Best regards



  • @Edificio-Rascacielos-Tenerife said in open selected file in default application:

    Why don’t you put this in the contextual menu for the npp version ? f

    Two reasons.

    First, because the “you” you are talking to are fellow Notepad++ users; we aren’t employees of the Notepad++ Corporation (which doesn’t exist); while some of us have contributed to the codebase, mostly, we are just users, like you.

    Second, the development team (and especially the lead developer) have made Notepad++ highly configurable; as they cannot read the mind of every single user to know exactly how each individual wants all the context menus, and because multiple users disagree on what they want = you might want OpenWithDefaultApp in the context menu by default, but somebody else, or thousands of somebody else, might not want something so useless cluttering the already-full context menu; it’s a matter of opinion. So the developers put in what they think are reasonable defaults, and make it configurable. And they don’t consider editing a configuration file to be “programming”, so they don’t expect that it would be too difficult, especially when people in this forum give you the step-by-step instructions on how to do it, tailored to your individual desires.

    Done !
    Then reopen the program all began to work.

    Glad it’s working for you.



  • Didn’t there used to be such an thing, in an earlier version of Notepad++? I can’t find it now anywhere in 7.8.5.



  • @PeterJones said in open selected file in default application:

    @Edificio-Rascacielos-Tenerife said in open selected file in default application:

    Why don’t you put this in the contextual menu for the npp version ? f

    Two reasons.

    First, because the “you” you are talking to are fellow Notepad++ users; we aren’t employees of the Notepad++ Corporation (which doesn’t exist); while some of us have contributed to the codebase, mostly, we are just users, like you.

    Second, the development team (and especially the lead developer) have made Notepad++ highly configurable; as they cannot read the mind of every single user to know exactly how each individual wants all the context menus, and because multiple users disagree on what they want = you might want OpenWithDefaultApp in the context menu by default, but somebody else, or thousands of somebody else, might not want something so useless cluttering the already-full context menu; it’s a matter of opinion. So the developers put in what they think are reasonable defaults, and make it configurable. And they don’t consider editing a configuration file to be “programming”, so they don’t expect that it would be too difficult, especially when people in this forum give you the step-by-step instructions on how to do it, tailored to your individual desires.

    Done !
    Then reopen the program all began to work.

    Glad it’s working for you.

    Owww Peter. Understood. For me that feature is important because let me use the txt file like a connecting panel with everything. The url are native clickable, so I use clickable folder (by selection) , clickable file.
    From the txt file I can go everywhere.
    But that is my freedom now.
    Thanks Everybody !!!




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