A while back I was looking for a good basic free HTML editor for Windows, to install for a Berkmaniac. I wanted it to do syntax coloring and browser previewing, and to provide some facilities for automating coding. I came across HTML-Kit, which is really quite nice. It’s free as in beer, but seems clean and highly functional. It’s pleasant to look at, and can insert boilerplate table code and such. There are add-ons which you can buy once you’re hooked on the product, but the free version is definitely fine for the basics.
So the user I installed this for wants to be able to right-click on HTML files and have the context menu say “Edit with HTML-Kit”. Here’s how you do that in Windows 2000.
* Open Windows Explorer or “My Computer”.
* Go to Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types.
* Select HTML, or whatever other file type you have in mind.
* Click “Advanced”. You will now see a window called “Edit File Type”.
* There will be some Actions listed. You want to add a new one, so click “New…”.
* Now you can choose a name for the action, such as “Edit with HTML-Kit” or whatever else you want the context menu to say. And you choose which program you want to use. Browse through to the executable you want (presumably somewhere in your “Program Files” directory).
HTML-Kit is actually a bad choice of an example program, since it already knows how to add context menu stuff itself, in its preferences section. But this should work for other programs in the same way.
One problem about this here is that the normal user security settings for win2k don’t allow users to modify this sort of thing, which is a shame. A regular user can’t even modify her default application to view a file!! So the next step is probably to figure out how to loosen up the registry so that people here can set their own settings.