Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 3

Best Top 10 Notepad++ Plugins For Power User & Developers

Notepad++, a lightweight and multi-featured text editor. Importantly, it supports various programming languages and a go-to editor for many programmers. Notably an alternative to pre-installed Notepad in Windows OS. Moreover, Notepad++ simple UI and rich features make it developers’ favourite editor. Learn Notepad++ Tricks to be power user.

To illustrate, this multi-series of articles includes useful tricks which can benefit you to be a Notepad++ power user. Indeed, using these tricks can save a lot of time and get basic data cleaning as well as analysis done within Notepad++ in no time.

The series of posts so far –

1. Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 1
2. Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 2
2. Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 3


Sort Lines

Generally, for data analysis purposes we need to instantly sort data files. In addition to numbers, decimals, it also sorts alphanumerically. Notepad++ has an inbuilt feature to sort the values. Instead of relying on other application, we can sort the data by Ascending/Descending order in Notepad++ for analysis.

Edit > Line Operations > Sort Lines Lexicographically Ascending (AlphaNumeric Sort)
Edit > Line Operations > Sort Lines Integer Ascending (Integer Sort)
Edit > Line Operations > Sort Lines Decimal Ascending (Decimal Sort)

Notepad++ - Sort Lines

Figure 1 – Sort Lines In Notepad++


Reopen Last Closed File

Accidentally closing a file, often happens with every developer. Alas, Notepad++ also includes a feature to reopen last closed file. For instance, you can use the Menu option or simply try a keyboard shortcut. It can open all the previously closed file if you keep reopening.

File > Restore Recently Closed File – Keyboard Shotcut (CTRL + SHIFT + T)

Notepad++ Tricks - Reopen Closed File

Figure 2 – Reopen Closed File In Notepad++


Open New Instance of Notepad++

Opening too many tabs in Notepadd++ can create confusion and tough to work with. Often when we open a file with Notepadd++, it is shown under a new tab. But we need to have a new Notepadd++ instance. If you try to open Notepad++ it will still show you the old instance. There is a way to open multiple instances of Notepad++.

Press ALT + F6 – To open New Instance of Notepad++

Notepad++ Tips Multiple Instance Notepad++

Figure 3 – Multiple Open Instance of Notepad++


List of Opened Tabs – Doc Switcher

I have a habit of opening too many tabs while working with Notepad++. Keeping some important files open to access whenever I need to have a quick view. Therefore, opening too many tabs makes it cumbersome to navigate between them. Notepad++ shows you a list of open tabs and filename in explorer to have a look and easy to jump on required files.

You can enable Doc Switcher from Preferences.

Settings > Preferences > General > Document List Panel > Show (Enable)

Notepad++ - List Of Opened Tabs

Figure 4 – List of Opened Tabs In Notepad++


Toggle Full Screen Mode

Working on a long file or requiring more focus to analyze any file. Many developers prefer to go in Full-screen mode and do their work. This is possible with major editors and with Notepad++ too. Simply use the Menu option or keyboard shortcut like a power user.

View > Toggle Full-Screen Mode or Keyboard Shortcut (F11) to toggle.

Summary & Read More

In this third part of notepad++ series, we have learned simple tricks to use Notepad++ as a power user. This can really help to increase productivity and save time.

1. Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 1
2. Notepad++ Tricks You Should Know — Part 2
3. How to Set Notepad++ as Default Editor
4. View and Edit Two Files Side By Side in SQL Server and Notepad++
5. Select Text Columns or Boxes Vertically in Notepad++ and SQL Server 2012
6. Turn Off Automatic Spell Check in Notepad++ Editor


About Vishwanath Dalvi

Vishwanath Dalvi is a gifted engineer and tech enthusiast. He enjoys music, magic, movies, and gaming. When not hacking around or supporting the open source community, he is trying to overcome his phobia of dogs.
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