Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. January 22, 2007
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A Better Editor?
If you do much work with batch files in Windows NT Workstation 4.0, you should consider using for the job rather than the default editor, Notepad.exe. Why switch editors? For one thing, allows you to enter and display the extended character set some batch files use.

If you'd like to make your default batch file editor, open My Computer and choose View, Options. When the Options dialog box opens, click the File Type tab. Type


and select MS-DOS Batch File. Next click Edit. When the Edit File Type dialog box opens, move to Actions and click Edit to select it. Now click Edit, replace Notepad.exe with, and click OK. Back in the Edit File Type dialog box, click Close to get to the Options dialog box. Click Close again to close the dialog box.

Restart the computer to activate your changes. With this change in place, you can right-click a BAT file and choose Edit to open the file in If you later decide you want Notepad.exe back, just go through the procedure again and replace with Notepad.exe.