Installing Notepad++: Adding Plugin When Plugin Manager Shows No Plugins

Notepad++I’ve tagged this post into the series I did a while ago on installing Notepad++’ as it came up after I received a new laptop at work and installed Notepad++ again.

I needed to use the Compare plugin, but when I opened the Plugin Manager, no plugins were listed (usually there would be a list of many available plugins):

Plugin Manager - no plugins available

The solution top this is to manually download and install the Compare plugin. Navigate to Notepad++ download page

Clicking the link on the Notepad++ download page, will take you to Sourceforge; click the green Download button and save the file:

Sourceforge Download

Once downloaded, unzip the file; there will be a folder and a file:

Compare plugin zip

Copy both the file and folder to the Notepad++ plugins folder (by default this is C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins):

C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins folder

Launch Notepad++ and open the plugin manager from the menu; select the Installed tab and you will see that the plugin is installed:

Plugin Manager

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