How can I set the standard links such as TXT?
Clicking in UltraEdit on Advanced - Settings or Configuration - File associations
and clicking next on button System File Associations
opens the Windows 11 Settings
window Apps > Default apps
. There must be typed in the edit field below Set a default for a file type or link type
the file extension like .txt
. There is displayed a button bar with either Choose a default
on no application currently associated with that file type or the name of the associated application like Notepad
. Next a click on this button bar must be made for opening the window Select a default app for .txt files
or whatever file extension was entered before. In the list should be UltraEdit Professional Text/Hex Editor
because of UltraEdit registers itself on first start by a user under registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications
with its executable file name. Double click on UltraEdit Professional Text/Hex Editor
or single click on this list item and click on button Set default
. That actions must be done for each file type on which a double click on a file with the entered file extension should result in starting UltraEdit and opening the double clicked file for viewing or editing it.
UltraEdit is not
in the applications list below Set defaults for applications
because of neither the installer of UltraEdit nor UltraEdit itself add capabilities registry keys for UltraEdit for informing Windows with which file types UltraEdit can be associated for opening the appropriate files. UltraEdit can be used for viewing and editing hundreds or even thousands of different file types as it is a general text editor with hex editing capabilities too.
Open a command prompt window and run the following two commands:
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reg QUERY HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\RegisteredApplications
reg QUERY HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\RegisteredApplications
There is output the list of applications which were explicitly registered by their installers with adding a registry value of type REG_SZ with the string value being the registry key with the file associations for the application.
For example, the following two commands list the capabilities of Microsoft Edge
and Windows Notepad
on Windows 11 23H2 (OS Build 22631.2715):
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reg QUERY "HKLM\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet\Microsoft Edge\Capabilities" /s
reg QUERY "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_11.2309.28.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\App\Capabilities" /s
UltraEdit is not designed for specific file types like Microsoft Office applications or Internet browsers or compression/decompression tools like WinRAR
. Most of the file extensions people associate perhaps with UltraEdit are associated by default already with several other applications. The file extension .txt
is associated with Notepad
. The file extensions .bat
are associated with Windows Command Processor
(Windows built-in and not explicitly registered as usual as an exception from the standard) because of a double click on such files should result in execution of the batch file and not in opening the batch file in a text editor. The file extension .ps1
is associated with Notepad
although most Windows users using often PowerShell scripts change usually that file association for getting the script file interpreted by PowerShell
on double click and not for opening the script file in Windows Notepad
. The file extension .py
is associated with Python
for running the Python
script and not for editing it in a text editor.
offers being the default application for the file extensions: .inf .ini .ps1 .psd1 .psm1 .scp .log .wtx .txt
UltraEdit can be configured for being the application to start for opening files of one of these file extensions. But it can be expected that most of the UltraEdit users have their own expectations and preferences which file types should be associated with UltraEdit. I could bet that if UltraEdit or its installer would register a list of file extensions and UltraEdit users would make use of this list without checking each file extension separately, none of the UltraEdit users would be finally happy.
Representation of UltraEdit on screens with a very high resolution
UltraEdit as of currently latest version 2023.1.0.23 is a QHD/UHD
aware application. The symbols for the ribbon or menus/toolbars as well as the application icons are in the UltraEdit resources in the dimensions 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 40x40, 48x48, 64x64, 96x96, 128x128, 256x256. UltraEdit tries to select automatically the symbols suitable for the screen resolution. However, the selected dimension can be nevertheless not good if the user bought a laptop or a monitor with a resolution which is far too high for the physical dimensions of the display and for the eyes of the user.
The UltraEdit users can customize the font and font size for the document window area of opened files by clicking
- in ribbon mode on ribbon tab View in first group Display on first item Fonts and next in the popup menu on the menu items Set font and Set hex / column font;
- in toolbar/menu mode with contemporary menus in menu View in first submenu Fonts on the menu items Set font and Set hex / column font;
- in toolbar/menu mode with traditional menus in menu View on the menu items Set font and Set Hex/column mode font.
The font for the normal editing mode can be also a proportional font with an individual width of each character. The font for column mode editing and for hex mode editing must be a non-proportional (fixed width) font. The font should be a fixed pitch font on using also the font styles bold and italic on which all characters in all font styles have the same width. It is also possible configuring a font for normal editing mode depending on file extension.
All other fonts used inside the client area of the main application window can be customized by the user in the Manage Themes
dialog window on the tabs Application
or with editing the configuration file
(font for the file tabs). Manage Themes
is opened by clicking
- in ribbon mode on ribbon tab Layout in first group Look and feel on second item Themes;
- in toolbar/menu mode with contemporary menus in menu Layout in third submenu Themes on the first menu item Manage themes;
- in toolbar/menu mode with traditional menus in menu View in second submenu Themes on the first menu item Manage themes.
The font size of the ruler depends on the font size used for the text display of a file in the document window area as the vertical lines and column numbers must fit with the character width of the displayed and edited text. The ruler is more or less useless on using in normal editing mode a proportional font with variable character widths and should be better toggled off. The column number in status bar is better with such user configuration.