Windows NotePad

By magicattd@hotma
Apr 3, 2007
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  1. Not able to open Windows NotePad. Although this utility IS listed as an accessory on my Windows XP (Home) start menu, it does not open when I click on the Notepad Icon.

    P.S. I am able to open up WordPad.
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    And you are trying to open it by going to Start->Programs->Accessories? then clicking on Notepad. If that doesn't work, you need to consider a reinstall.
  3. NRJ

    NRJ Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    do u get an error message? Can you right click on it and choose Properties? If you can, where the shortcut going to? Go there and see if the program is listed there. If it is, your second option is to remove notepad in add/remove programs (windows programs) and put it back and see if that works (it may require u to put the XP cd in your cdrom drive).
  4. magicattd@hotma

    magicattd@hotma Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Did not get an error message when I click on Notepad. I am able to right click on properties and when I do, I see that the target is listed as C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\actmovie.exe

    By the way, I don't see NotePad listed in any of the Add/Remove programs on my Start Menu Control Panel.
  5. NRJ

    NRJ Newcomer, in training Posts: 33

    seems like the target location isnt correct. try putting "%SystemRoot%\system32\notepad.exe" (without the "") in Target and click ok. Then try again to open notepad.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Sounds like your system has been infected, the shortcuts don't just change like that normally.
  7. magicattd@hotma

    magicattd@hotma Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Update: When I ran the program notepad.exe on my startup menu (click on run) to see if the program was in fact on my computer, it booted right up. Once I determined that the program was on my computer and functioning properly, I simply ran a Google DESKTOP search of notepad.exe to find the correct target path and then simply replaced the bogus target path info with the correct info. Everything now works perfect.
  8. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Your Startmenu is wrong

    I was going to suggest the run menu,but it works,so open Windows folder
    find Notepad copy and create a shortcut in the start menu anywhere.
    Do you know where you find your Start Menu folders ?
    Get rid of the one you have.and paste this one.
  9. zipperman

    zipperman Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,423   +7

    Raybay,
    Realllllllly.Thats awfull advice.
    Please delete this.
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