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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