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Notepad folder opens when you attempt to view the source of a web page?

Published: Nov 24, 2005
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Symptom

When you visit a web page, and then click the View menu and select the Source command, Internet Explorer may open the Notepad folder present in the Desktop, rather than displaying the source code of the web page.

Solution

To fix the problem, try any one of the following:

Rename the Notepad folder present in the Desktop

-or-

Method 1: Set a View Source Editor with explicit Path, in the registry. Follow these steps:

  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ View Source Editor \ Editor Name

Note: If the above branch does not exist by default, you need to create the Keys up to the level above.

  • In the right-pane, double-click (default) and set its data as follows:

C:\Windows\NOTEPAD.EXE

  • Close Regedit.exe

Method 2: Setting the View Source editor using a REG file

Download notepad_viewsrc.reg and save to Desktop. Right-click the file and choose Merge to merge the contents to the registry. Notepad.exe is now the default view source editor.