Notepad++ setup in Windows 10

As far as text editors go, Notepad++ would have to be one of my favourites. In fact, it’s one of my everyday tools. Whether its programming, JSON payload inspection, or just taking notes in a meeting, Notepad++ is quick and simple. Here’s a quick start with some of my preferred settings:

Plugins

My must-have plugins are JSTool and XML Tools.

  1. Launch Notepad++. From the menu select Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager.

    Notepad++ Plugin menu

  2. If there are updates available for Plugin Manager you may be prompted to install them. Go ahead and do that first. Notepad++ will probably need to restart.

  3. The first time the Plugin Manager is launched it will take a moment to download the list of available plugins. When it’s loaded, scroll down and select the ones you want to install, for example:

    • JSTool
    • XML Tools
  4. Click Install.

    Notepad++ Plugin select

  5. After the install completes the plugins should be available under the Plugins menu (restart of Notepad++ may be required).

    Notepad++ Plugin download

Style

My prefered style is the Waher style.

  1. Download Waher.xml and place into C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\themes
  2. Launch Notepad++, then from the menu select Settings > Style Configurator.
  3. From the Select theme drop-down select Waher.

    Notepad++ Plugin select

  4. Click Save & Close

I like to use the javascript Waher style for a few other file types, and we can easily associate them in Notepad++:

  1. From the top menu select Settings > Style Configurator…

  2. Under Language select JavaScript

  3. Edit the User ext. field and enter the additional file extensions separated by a space, e.g. js sol toml

  4. Click Save & Close

Mark down Syntax highlighting

Since I work with Markdown a lot, I also like to import the Markdown Plus Plus user defined language.

  1. Download the xml file from https://github.com/Edditoria/markdown-plus-plus

  2. Launch Notepad++ and from the top menu select Language > Define your language…

  3. Click Import, then browse to the downloaded file and click OK

  4. You should get a dialog saying *Import Successful.” Click OK

Enable Word Wrap

If you’re like me, you hate horizontal scrollbars, and will want to enable word wrap.

  1. From the menu select View > Word wrap.