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

Stopping Auto-Play HTML5 Videos In Vivaldi (and Other Chromium Based Browsers)

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have a very low tolerance threshold for adverts; I largely stopped watching TV becasue of them (atually I no longer have a TV so I guess it would be more accurate to say I stopped watching TV because of them); not only are the adverts irritating in content, but the volumne was usually a lot higher than the TV show wrapped around them.

Adverts on the Internet have gone through various stages and varying annoyances with the current set not being too bad. Of sites I use regularly, arstehnica is by far the worst with adverts taking over the entire front page.

That said, it’s not actually adverts which are bothering me so much at the momernt, but sites with automatically playing videos. This “feature” has grown in popularity in recent times with many news sites having one, or more, autplay videos on almost every page.

Well, with the death of Opera 12 a few years ago, I made the transition to Vivaldi a while ago. This is a Chromium based browser which gives you access to Extensions in the chrome web store.

The best extension I’ve found for stopping autoplay videos is HTML5 Video Autoplay Blocker. Part of the reason for this post, is because I work on a variety of machines at work and home and keep having problems finding the extension, so I figured doing a step by step post to find and install the extension would help me remember.

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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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Windows 10 Calculator App Replacement

Windows 10While I like Windows 10, I absolutely detest the Caculator app. It is extremely slow to open and doesn’t allow you to see the history of calculations.

I had a little complain on Twitter about this:

My friend and fellow MVP, Steve Endow suggested a solution as a replacement to the new Calculator app:

Well, Steve played canary for me and installed the Old Windows Calc app from Winaero without issue, so I figured I could give it a go myself.

The app is fairly simple to install and appears to work well.

It appears on the Start menu; for me it is the second app and is the default app when using Win+R and typing calc.

I am going to continue testing this over the ext few days to see how well it works over a more extended period of time, but first impressions are positive.

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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