How to Replace Notepad With Notepad++ or Other Editor

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If you’re looking at how to replace Notepad with Notepad++ or any third-party editor, this post explains how to do it. Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Let’s see how you can replace Notepad with Notepad++ without replacing any system files.

Notepad is a lightweight program suitable for users who need only very minimal text editing features. For additional features and functionalities, third-party editors like Notepad++ and Sublime Text are awesome, with many features built-in.

(This article applies to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10/11.)

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How to Pin More than Three Contacts to the People Bar in Windows 10

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The People Bar (“My People” feature) introduced in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lets you pin your contacts to the taskbar so that you can mail or chat with your contacts by clicking on the taskbar icon. My People lets you pin only a maximum of three contacts to the taskbar, which most users would find to be a big limitation.Read more

Remove “Edit with Paint 3D” & “Edit with Photos” from Right-click Menu in Windows 10

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Paint 3D is a 3D model creation tool included in Windows 10 as a part of Creators Update. For image files, the entry Edit with Paint 3D appears in the right-click menu. Similarly, Photos app adds the Edit with Photos entry to the context menu, and is displayed only when Photos app is set as the default. If you don’t plan to use these options and want to declutter the right-click context menu, here is how to remove Edit with Paint 3D and Edit with Photos from the right-click menu.Read more

Microsoft Defender Security Settings Grayed Out; Real-time Protection Disabled

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In the aftermath of a malware attack, the Windows Defender Security settings page may show the message Some settings are managed by your organization or This setting is managed by your administrator. The real-time protection and cloud-based protection options may remain disabled or grayed out.

Here is how the Windows Defender Settings page might look like. The controls for real-time protection, cloud-based protection, and Automatic sample submission options may be disabled and locked down or grayed out.Read more

Default Sign-in Option Changes to Password from PIN Automatically in Windows 10

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When you sign-in to your user account or unlock the workstation, the last used sign-in method (PIN, Password or Windows Hello) is saved to the registry, and the same will be used the next time. However, you may notice that the default sign-in option reverts to password at every restart, even though you used PIN sign-in the last time to unlock the computer.Read more