Windows 10: Zipped folders opening in notepad

Discus and support Zipped folders opening in notepad in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I tried to open one ZIP file in notepad and accidentally set them to always open with notepad. I left clicked and pressed open with then notepad. I... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by bigcuban, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. bigcuban Win User

    Zipped folders opening in notepad

    I tried to open one ZIP file in notepad and accidentally set them to always open with notepad. I left clicked and pressed open with then notepad. I tried to change it back in properties but I can't figure it out. Unfortunately I had never done a zipped file before so I didn't know about winrar or zip 7 yet so at first I actually made it open with internet explorer and then made it open with notepad and now it won't let me do it with anything else

    bigcuban, Jan 12, 2017

  2. zip file

    Zip files shouldn't be opened with Notepad

    You can install WINRAR applicatiton and try to open that zip file
    Patel-Ravi, Jan 12, 2017
  3. 4477---01 Win User
    Zipped files.

    JAR and NTH are actually zipped files. Have anyone tryed to open JAR or NTH files with WinRAR OR WinZIP? (Or with notepad? evry zipped files opend with notepad starts with PK ).
    4477---01, Jan 12, 2017
  4. RolandJS Win User

    Zipped folders opening in notepad

    If Windows 10 is similar to Windows 7, there should be a Control Panel's Default Programs, and somewhere you can scroll down to ZIP and re-associate ZIP with your favorite zip program; and such will disengage notepad from ZIP.
    RolandJS, Jan 12, 2017
  5. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Hello bigcuban, and welcome to Ten Forums. *Smile

    If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the listed zip item in the table of the tutorial below to fix this. It will restore the default association for ZIP files.
    Brink, Jan 12, 2017
  6. bigcuban Win User
    I'm very computer illiterate this file is a tar.gz I believe it's called do I still do what you told me I just want to make sure since you said .reg file
    bigcuban, Jan 12, 2017
  7. Bree New Member
    A tar.gz file is most often used in Linux. Windows doesn't have built-in support for opening them, it only knows how to handle .zip files. You need to install a 3rd-party app to open it, for example 7-Zip.
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  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Zipped folders opening in notepad

    In that case, what I posted will not work for this since it's not for an actual ".zip" file. You'll need to do what Bree posted instead.
    Brink, Jan 12, 2017
  9. RolandJS Win User
    If I remember correctly, you use 7zip to extract the TAR out of the Gz; then extract the ZIP or the EXE out of the TAR. Sometimes you have to extract the EXE out of the ZIP. Quite often, you will be extracting out of a ZIP a directory containing a set of files, such can be copied to wherever within the OS partition, a shortcut can be made from the EXE within said directory -- that shortcut will call up the program.
    RolandJS, Apr 4, 2018

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