How To Change Visual Studio Default Editor

08/08/2010

How To Change Visual Studio Default Editor

Yes I know this sounds strange, but some times this can be very useful, For example, let say we are .NET developers but really addicted to NotePad++, and each time I click on File.CS file I want notepad++ to open it…

There are two ways to do it:

The Ugly Way – Registry

Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0 find the “Default Editors” key (create if doesn’t exists).

Create another Key with the name of the File extension (Example :cs) you want to allocate to a custom editor, inside that key create:

  1. String Key called “Custom” with the name of the Custom Editor (You can choose..)
  2. DWORD called “Type” with value of(Default)

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Below the File Extension Key create another key with the custom editor name and add String Key with the path to the Custom Editor.

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You can use below script to easily create massive amount of custom editors for different extensions.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Default Editors]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Default Editors\cs]
"Type"=dword:00000002
"Custom"="Notepad++"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Default Editors\cs\Notepad++]
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Notepad++\\notepad++.exe\""gb
[Update 08/08/10 11:05] Download Reg File

The Normal Way

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Enjoy

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3 comments

  1. Yaron Shahrabani08/08/2010 ב 10:40

    Why not adding the contents of a .reg file?

    Only requires the REGEDIT4 Header or something like that (to complete what you already wrote).

  2. shair08/08/2010 ב 11:28

    Hi Yaron,

    I’ve add the Reg file for download.
    Thanks

  3. Rob Erwin06/01/2011 ב 04:44

    Registry method also works under version 9.0 also (just go to 9.0 instead of 10.0 and make entries there)

    THANKS!