Notepad++ Change Log Always Open

Microsoft Dynamics GPI’ve been both building a new test environment as well as rebuilding a number of computers recently. This has lead me to doing repeat installations of some of the software I use. This is something I have done many times in the past, but this time around I encountered an issue with Notepad++.

Every time I started the application, it opened with the change.log. It didn’t matter if I closed the file, the next time I opended Notepad++, the change log was open again. If I deleted the file, then Notepad++ was throwing errors.

After a little prodding around I discovered that the problem was down to how I had created the pinned shortcut on the taskbar:

notepad++ Properties - Shortcut tab

The problem can be fixed in one of two ways:

  1. Delete the shortcut, launch the application and repin.
  2. Edit the shortcut properties.

If the shortcut properties are edited, all you need to do is remove change.log from the Target and updater from the Start in.

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