After installing notepad++, notepad.exe only opens ++
Mostly I want to use notepad++ to open text files and others but sometimes I still want to use windows notepad sometimes but even in the windows directory it only opens notepad++. Is there a way to keep notepad.exe available and still have notepad++ as the default?
That’s what Windows’ Open With entry in the Explorer-RightClick menu is for: right click on the file name, Open With, then pick the alternate application that you’d like to use that time.
Alternately, if you “accidentally” open a file with Notepad++ and want to open it in notepad.exe instead, you can use Notepad++'s *Run > Run… dialog, enter
notepad.exe "$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"(yes, with the quote marks and the parentheses inside the quote marks) – you can even Save that action with a keystroke if you want – and when you run that command, it will open the current file from Notepad++ into notepad.exe