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Change The Default Text Editor In WinSCP

I consider WinSCP to be the best free SFTP, SCP and FTP client for Windows but like other similar clients the bundled text editor is not what I would consider to be the best or adequate for the type of work I do.

In this post I will describe the necessary steps to replace the default text editor WinSCP uses whenever a file is opened, instead of executing the default text editor the replacement editor will be executed. Although this tutorial uses Intype as the third party text editor of choice you can substitute for the text editor of your choice.

Start WinSCP and make sure the Advanced options check box is checked.

Click on Preferences.

Once again click on the Preferences… box.

Click on Editors.

Click on the Add … box.

Select External editor: and Browse… to the path where the replecement text editor resides in the case of Intype the path is C:Program Files (x86)Intypeintype.exe.

WinSCP will format the path for you!. Click on OK to save the changes.

In my case the text editor was recognized as Intype, click on it to highlight it. Click on the Up button till the new text editor is at the top making it the default choice.

Click on the OK button to save.

From now on whenever you edit a file WinSCP will execute the replacement text editor instead of the bundled one.

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Change The Default Text Editor In WinSCP

WinSCP is a Free SFTP and FTP client for Windows with a simple and efficient interface I cannot say the same for other clients. When I have to edit files on a remote server I commonly use WinSCP, while a simple text editor is bundle with WinSCP I like to do more complex things and this is when the default text editor shows its limitations.

The good news is that changing the default text editor in WinSCP only takes a few minutes.

First things first!

The easiest way to find the text editor path is to right click on the text editor shortcut and then on Properties. With the Properties window open search for the Target: box and copy the entire path. Notepad++ in my Windows 7 system has the following path:

C:Program Files (x86)Notepad++notepad++.exe

Copy the path, you will need it later.

Configure WinSCP

Star WinSCP and on the left you will find the sidebar, in the sidebar search for Preferences and click on it. You will notice a button also named Preferences click on it.

A new window will open, go to the left sidebar and click on Editors and the on the Add button.

This where you will provide WinSCP with the path to the text editor you wish to use, hopefully you followed the instruction and copied the path.
Select External editor: and paste the path. You can also browse to the location where the text editor resides. Click on OK to confirm.

The peculiar thing about WinSCP is that our new text editor will not be made automatically the default editor, if you open a file the previous editor will still be used.

To change this behavior you need to select the text editor of your choice and the click on the Up button till the desired text editor is at the top, top editor becomes the default editor. And click on OK.

And click on Close. From now on when ever you open a file while using WinSCP the new text editor will be used.

You don’t have to limit your self to Notepadd++, any text editor can be use and made the default. Thank you for reading this tutorial.

Free: WinSCP SFTP / FTP client for Windows

WinSCP is an open source SFTP/FTP client for the Windows platform that is simple to use. I prefer WinSCP over other clients because of it’s simple interface and the emphasis on secure file transfers with support for SFTP, SSH, SCP and FTP. The built-in text editor makes editing remote files even easier.

I like WinSCP simplicity, open source nature, and support for SFTP. There are plenty of file transfer clients to choose from, some do too much and others too little. WinSCP strikes a balance between the two which makes it my favorite option for a Windows client.


  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • U3 support
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • Explorer and Commander interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports portable operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

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