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Editing Windows Environment Variables with ease: Rapid Environment Editor

by on August 30, 2012

Today I would like to recommend a software I am using for many years now. On each new setup of a Microsoft Windows system it’s one of the first applications I am going to install: the Rapid Environment Editor.

Let’s quote the introduction from the Website:

Rapid Environment Editor (RapidEE) is an environment variables editor. It includes easy to use GUI and replaces small and inconvenient Windows edit box. RapidEE 7.x supports Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 & Windows 7 (including 64 bit versions).

Did you ever try to adjust the PATH environment variable via Windows’ default utility? You will get a very limited box to edit like this:

Windows System Dialog for editing Environment Variable Path

Now if you have Rapid Environment Editor it looks like this:

Rapid Environment Editor - Editing Path Variable

  • You will be able to edit each single entry in the path.
  • When adding new entries you can even open a directory browser.
  • Invalid path will be highlighted as can be seen in the screenshot above. So it’s very easy to keep your path clean.

Rapid Environment Editor with Two Pane View

RapidEE offers a two-pane view. On the left pane you will see all system variables, on the right pane you will see the user variables. Mind that in order to adjust the system variables you need to start RapidEE as administrator.

And if you use variables in your path you will find a very nice inspector showing the fully expanded value of the variable at the bottom. See above in the screenshot.

So if you are using Windows and if you ever want to edit Windows Environment Variables then this tool is for you!

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