Installing Notepad++: Plugin Manager Removed in Notepad++ 7.5

Notepad++This post is part of the series on installing Notepad++’.

The plugin manager was never an integral part of Notepad++, but always shipped as part of the standard installer. This changed as of version 7.5.

I only recently discovered this when installing Notepad++ on a newy rebuilt PC. I came to install the Compare plugin and couldn’t find the Plugin Manager entry on the Plugins menu:

Notepad++ Plugin Manager

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Installing Notepad++: Install Plugin Manager

Notepad++This post is part of the series on installing Notepad++’.

As discussed in the last post, the PLugin Manager for Notepad++ has been removed. In this post, I’m going to step through the process of getting it back.

Navigate to the nppPluginManager page on Github and download the relevant version of the plugin (if using the 32-bit version of Notepad++, download the UNI version):

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Installing Notepad++: Series Index

Notepad++I posted a while ago about comparing files in Notepad++ which required the use of a plugin; I’ve recently found that the plugin manager has been removed from Notepad++ as of version 7.5.

This is a short series on installing Notepad++, why the plugin manager was removed and how to get it back.

Installing Notepad++
Installation
Plugin Manager Removed in Notepad++ 7.5
Install Plugin Manager

Getting Normal MPC Black Edition Seek Bar Back

Media Player Classic-BEI accidentally changed the seek bar displayed in MPC-BE when I it had focus, rather than my browser, when I was typing a web address.

I don’t know what exactly it was I typed to change it, but the seek bar in fullscreen became a very basic one:

Basic MPC-BE seek bar

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How to Compare Files in Notepad++

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis is a little off topic from my usual posts on Microsoft Dynamics GP, although it is related.

I recently did some work for a client developing a new EFT File Format and needed to verify that the file form,at loaded into live was the same as that in test which had passed UAT (a few versions had been floating around).

I figured the easiest way was to export both files and then use Notepad++ to compare the files; I was sure that I’d done this before, but I couldn’t immediately see the option to do so.

I then remembered that it was a plugin which I’d installed which added the ability. To add plugins to Notepad++, launch the plugin Manager (Plugins >> Plugin Manager >> Show Plugin Manager):

Notepad++ Plugin menu

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Notepad++ Select Words Instead of Lines

Microsoft Dynamics GPNotepad++ is my favourite tool for writing blog posts, VBA and PHP scripts. I recently did an upgrade of it on one of my PCs and encountered changed behaviour. Prior to installing the update when I double clicked on a word, only that word was selected; however, after the upgrade, when I double clicked a word, the whole line was automatically selected:

Notepad++ line selcted

I did some prodding around in the Preferences (Settings >> Preferences) and discovered the resolution on the Editing tab. Unmark the Enable current line highlighting and click Close and the previous behaviour was restored:

Notepad++ - Settings - Preferences

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

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