How can you make All types (*.*) the default, when saving

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  • @PeterJones Respectfully, if there was simply an option to choose “no extension” or “. All file types” in settings, this would be much, much less frustrating.

    I understand that some, maybe even a majority may want “*.txt” as their default, but it should be far simpler for those of us who want no extension as their default. In any case, thanks for listening.

  • @Tom-Cavender

    Version 7.9.1 has:


    Maybe that helps?

  • @Tom-Cavender

    Respectfully, I called them workarounds, which implicitly acknowledges it might not be the best way to implement it, but it was the only way available at the time.

    The good news is that someone did follow my advice, and put in the feature request; moreover, that feature has been implemented, and the version with it implemented has been released: v7.9.1. If you want that feature, install the new version.

  • @Alan-Kilborn That helped immensely. Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • @Tom-Cavender

    Well, I didn’t do the work to make it happen, just pointed it out!
    That part was very easy.
    Praise to the developers, who do the hard parts!

  • Thanks to the developers about this additional tick-box.
    Much appreciated.

  • I deployed 7.9.1 to our users yesterday, but they are still unhappy, as the new checkbox only returns the old behavior partly.
    Without the checkbox enabled, and new file you “Save as” and an edited file you “save as” suggests you to save as .txt.
    With the old notepad++ versions it was for new and edited files .
    Now with the checkbox it is . for new files, but not for opened files.

    We explicitly have the problem, that our users have to edit .STA files (which are just text files with STA as a file ending).
    So they open them via right click context menu, edit them and click “save as” and regardless that it’s a STA file, notepad++ 7.9.1 with the new checkbox enabled, always wants to save that file as .txt.
    That is a huge problem.

  • I didn’t need any of the latest features or fixes so I solved the problem today by overwriting my Notepad++ installation with version 7.8.1. Unfortunately, that does mean that I can’t install any version updates.

    What put it over the edge for me was not only the inconvenience of having to scroll up to and pick All file types, but that any time I had a non-.TXT extension (i.e., every file I ever edit!), when I went to “Save as” in another location, or, say as the next file in a sequence (i.e., just change number in file name), it would automatically add the .TXT extension even though A FILE EXTENSION WAS ALREADY PRESENT–and Notepad++ should have been smart enough to understand that. Nor can I begin to count up how many times I accidentally saved PHP source files as something.php.txt and then wondered why something didn’t work.

    After a month of tearing my hair out, I gave up and rolled back. Good luck, all, and stay safe in the pandemic! /Peters

  • fyi - just found out that this is already being handled:
    Thanks to sasumner

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