11 Plugins to improve Notepad++
How to get more out of Notepad++
Notepad++ (Notepad Plus Plus) is one of the most popular text/code editor for Windows users. It's really fast and reliable, it has many features built-in but lacks others you might expected it to have. Luckily, there is a vivid plugin development community that has created plugins to help us make Notepad++ even more powerful!
Nearly all of the plugins mentioned below are available through the Plugin Manager that comes with Notepad++. To install the plugins simple open Notepad++, go to Plugins > Plugin Manager, check as many plugins as you like and click "Install". Instructions on how to manually install plugins and a full list of available plugins can be found on the official wiki.
A full-featured FTP Client within Notepad++ with the ability to save files directly to your server. You can set up multiple profiles for different FTP servers and either open/save files immediately to the server or download a copy and load it in Notepad++. It also has SFTP/FTP(E)S support.
This plug-in provides two core functions to Notepad++:
- HTML and XML tag matching, like the built-in brace matching. For example you may hit Shift+Ctrl+T on an HTML tag and have the whole block until its closing tag selected.
- HTML entity encoding/decoding
A very useful plugin to show the difference between two files side by side.
AutoSave allows to automatically save the currently open files based on a timer schedule (default is 1 min) and/or upon the application losing focus.
A simple plugin to view JSON string in a dockable treeview control. Just select the JSON string and open the JSON Viewer plugin.
Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions -similar to CSS selectors- into HTML code.
...can be expanded into:
<div id="page"> <div class="logo"></div> <ul id="navigation"> <li><a href=""></a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> <li><a href=""></a></li> </ul> </div>
Some help on the available selectors can be found here.
(Manual install only. It can’t be installed directly by the Plugin Manager)
Quicktext is a Notepad++ plugin for text substitution with multi field inputs. It allows you to create custom quicktext tags and easily replace them with the corresponding code snippets. It's similar to Tab Triggers in TextMate, Resharper/CodeRush in Visual Studio. Watch a short video that explains how to use Quicktext.
A really light explorer plugin that brings up a simple file-manager to the side of the Notepad++ window when pressing Alt+A. There is also a fork of the Light Explorer plugin which allows you to create files and folders.
Turns Notepad++ into an excellent Hex Editor.
If there's any other plugin you have found useful, please share it with us in the comments below.