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#1 guistar

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:24 AM

When I right click on a text file and go to "open with" the list shows notepad twice and wordpad once. Is this anything to worry about? How do I make sure it's nothing malicious and how do I fix it? I recently installed word 2003 and I should also mention Notepad only shows up once in the start menu.

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#2 Orange Blossom

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 01:43 AM

Hello guistar and welcome to BC :flowers:

Sorry about the delayed response. We're all volunteers here and sometimes things slip past us.

Can you tell us what your operating system is: Windows XP, Vista, etc.?

Did this problem occur before you installed word 2003 or only after? If after, how long after?

Are you experiencing any other issues with your computer?

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:45 PM

I have no idea if word 2003 has anything to do with it. I just mention it because that's all I can think of. My computer's not acting up and I only noticed the extra notepad when I posted the original message. I have XPpro and SP2.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 06:44 PM

Hello guistar,

Word is not connected to Notepad in any way, so I was puzzled about your mention of it. Thanks for clarifying that.

I have one thought: Go to Control Tab --> Folder Options > File Types tab and see if the .txt extension is listed twice. If so, delete one of them.

Let us know how it works out.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:43 AM

Nope there's only one there. There's not really any reason for this extra notepad option to be there. I don't have two notepads in the system32 folder.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:37 PM

Hello guistar,

Hmm. I have one other thought. Have you tried rebooting to see if that makes the extra entry go away?

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:14 PM

There are more than one so they can be compatible with older versions of windows. Nothing to worry about.

Check the registy key here:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\OpenWithList

I'm not sure how the second one got into the open with list though.

Edited by PropagandaPanda, 10 March 2008 - 07:18 PM.





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