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There are several ways, how to get TED Notepad ready for use:

  • First, you may use an Installer. It will install TED Notepad onto a computer, create some shortcuts in the start menu and optionally add some additional Filters. The installer also offers to install the application as a system's default notepad replacement, but recent OS versions prevent any such installations to complete successfully. In case of troubles, please see the homepage for ideas on how to replace the notepad on your specific system.
  • Second, you may install TED Notepad from a ZIP package all by yourself, without use and help of any wizards and/or automated dialogs. This is usually the most preferred way if installing as a portable application.
  • Third, you may just run TED Notepad with no installation procedures at all. Simply unpack the files from the downloaded ZIP package and run.

Basic installation with the Installer

Follow these steps to install TED Notepad using an Installer:

  1. Download the Installer file of your choice and run it.
    • Please, be careful to choose an appropriate installation file according to your system. Choose between Windows 95/98/Me and Windows NT/2000/XP versions. Versions for Windows NT/2000/XP/7/8 will not run on Windows 95/98/Me systems. On the other hand, versions for Windows Windows 95/98/Me are unable to fully support all Unicode characters, although they might need much less memory to run, especially if loading huge files.
  2. Follow steps displayed by the Installer.
    • You will be able to choose, whether to install TED Notepad as a notepad replacement or as a standalone application. Additionally, you may choose to setup some basic Filters and External viewers as well. Finally, you may add a Portable INI file to your installation.
      • Installing as a standalone application will install TED Notepad into a specified directory, including the manual and all other files. This installation is the default installation type for a text editor.
      • Installing as a notepad replacement will try to install TED Notepad as your system's default Notepad application. This choice may be considered as violation by your System. In case of troubles, please see the homepage for ideas on how to replace the notepad on your specific system.

If you come to a problem during the installation, please also review the on-line manual and FAQ for any further changes and new ideas. If you still find no answer to your problem, feel free to contact me directly. Please, try to describe your problem as clearly as possible. Please note, that this is a manual of TED Notepad version 6.1.1. If you are trying to install an older or newer version and have found no answer here, please refer to an appropriate manual version. You can find all reliable versions at the official homepage.

ZIP packages

These zip packages, downloadable on the same page as the Installers, contain all the files you need for a hand-held installation and/or for a direct use with no installation at all.

To run TED Notepad without any installation, just unzip the content of a package to a directory of your own choice and run the TedNPad.exe. Keep the documentation file TedNPad.htm in the same directory as the executable application. Otherwise the manual will not be accessible from the application.

To install TED Notpead, unzip the content of a chosen ZIP package into a desired directory. Then, it may be worthwile to add the chosen directory to the PATH enviroment variable.

If installing as a default notepad replacement this way, the desired locations are %WINDIR% and %SYSDIR%. Usually these locations are directories like C:\WINDOWS, C:\WINNT, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 or C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32. It depends on the system type and system version you use.

To see what the desired locations may be, type these commands into the command prompt:
echo %WINDIR% echo %SYSDIR%

Windows 95/98/Me notes

Please, be sure, you have downloaded a correct version, designed for Windows 95/98/Me systems. These older versions of windows may be unable to work with applications designed directly for Windows NT/2000/XP/7/8 systems.

Windows NT/2000/XP/7/8 notes

Please, be sure to have Administrator privileges if installing TED Notepad into the Program Files or other system directory. Without Administrator rights, you should still be able to run the application directly without installation.

Also note that the system may reject TED Notepad as a notepad replacement. In case of troubles, please see the homepage for ideas on how to replace the notepad on your specific system.

How to modify file associations?

In order to modify file association, please find a file with an extension that you want to assign TED Notepad to, for example a .txt file. It can be any file with such extension.

To modify the associations, right-click on the file and choose Open with... and then Choose program... from the menu. A list of applications should appear. Select TED Notepad from the list. If TED Notepad is not listed there, click on Other... button to add TED Notepad to the list manually. Finally, choose Always use this program... and click the Ok button. The System should renew the file associations automatically.

Another method to modify the file association is to open Windows Explorer and click on the Folder Options menu item, located within View or Tools menu. A dialog opens with a page named File types where the file associations can be managed.

How to replace notepad?

Please, see the homepage for ideas on how to replace notepad on your specific system. The techniques change with time and differ from system to system.

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