Install New Theme In Notepad++

Notepad++I did a post a little while ago on changing the theme in Notepad++, which was brought about by preferring to use dark themes in a lot of apps (such as Outlook.com and here on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant). With Notepad++ I’ve found that I don’t actually like any of the default dark themes so took a look round to see if I could add a new one.

Fortunately, it is possible and there are a number of themes people have created which can be downloaded and used. In this post, I’m going to show how to install and use a new theme.

The theme I have decided to try is Dracula:

Dracula: A dark theme for Notepad++ and 50+ apps

While I am a Git user, I opted for the manual download which downloads a zip file containing the relevant files:

Dracula theme downloaded zip

With the zip file downloaded, copy the Dracula.xml into the themes folder in the Notepad++ install location:

To activate the theme, launch Notepad++ and click on (Settings » Style Configurator…):

Notepad++ Settings menu

Use the Select theme dropdown to select the newly installed theme:

Style Configurator

Hit the Save & Close button to make the theme active:

Notepad++ in new theme

I’m going to give Dracula a try and see if I like it enough to continue using it.

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