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How to setup Notepad++ in an awesome way

Posted in Computers, Internet and World Wide Web on August 5, 2017
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I used to be a hardcore UltraEdit user, but come on... $60 for a text editor... without free lifetime upgrades... paying up to $30 for an upgrade? What a rip off! So let me introduce one of the best FREE text editors out there today and it's called Notepad++ (aka Notepad Plus Plus). Previous versions used to not be so user friendly for me and I decided to dish out the cash for UltraEdit. But today, compared to their older versions, the program has really improved in the most amazing ways! They've added plugin support for Spell Check automatically as well as FTP connection possibilities. This is great because I edit server files and wow is it a pain to download a the 'temp' file, edit, click to overwrite the server file, click click click click. OMG! So the built in NppFTP plugin is great and resolves my FTP editing headache.

The main problem I've had in the past with Notepad++ was getting the spell checker to work. If you're having problems with this then maybe you're not installing all the programs that are needed. Yes, I admit it, I did this a year ago when I installed the program. But in reality it's as easy as 1-2-3! Here's how.

  1. Install Notepad++
  2. Install ASpell "Full Installer" under "Binaries" (this is what some people forget to do)
  3. Install ASpell in your language under "Precompiled dictionaries" = DONE!

Restart Notepad++ and now everything should be working correctly for your spell checker. Now for the settings, the best site I found that describes every setting option of 'Notepad Plus Plus' in detail is this site right here! Check it out if you have questions, it's totally sweet. Now here are some screen shots of options I changed to turn my basic Notepad++ into Extremely Awesome Notepad++ with an extra +! To edit your Notepad++ preferences you need to go to Settings > Preferences. If the images aren't good enough, click each one for the full the full screenshot I took.

Notepad++ Default Open Directory

I like to choose the default directory where I will open text files and the default save directory.

Backup Notepad Plus Plus Default Directory

I like to select my default directory to open and save files. I like to setup a backup option and I choose a folder for backups. This way I never lose any changes I made in the past. I select Verbose backup because it's basically unlimited files by backing up the file with filename.txt.DATE_TIMESTAMP.bak

Setting default encoding to UTF-8 instead of ANSI

If you're typing in non-English languages (Let's say... Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc) then you need to use UTF-8 instead of the ANSI setting. There are two ways you can do this. You can make this your default setting or you can choose your encoding on a file by file basis.

Encoding a text file to display foreign languages

But if you have ANSI as your default encoding option because you only work with other languages and characters from time to time, that's not a problem. Here's the simple solution! If you want to display other languages other than English (Thai, Chinese, etc) you can convert an open or existing text file from ANSI to UTF-8 and you'll then be able to insert or type the other languages and characters.

But what about sorting? I often need to sort text in my text editor however it's not a default option in Notepad++. Here's how to get that done as well as remove duplicate lines.

Click method: Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager
(Explained in detail method: Go to the menu. Click "Plugins" then click "Plugin Manager" then click "Show Plugin Manager")
Next, under "Available" look for "TextFX" and check the box, then click "install". Restart Notepad++ and you'll now see TextFX in the menu.

After the blood, sweat, and tears from all of this hard work... here's how to finally sort text in Notepad++. (Make sure to select all text in the actual open text file that you want sorted and modified!)

To only sort text

  1. Click TextFX
  2. Click TextFX Tools
  3. Click +Sort ascending

To sort and remove duplicate lines

  1. Click TextFX
  2. Click TextFX Tools
  3. Click (or make sure it's already checked) +Sort ascendning
  4. Click to select "+Sort outputs only UNIQUE (at columns) Lines"
    ** This way duplicates will be removed and it'll be sorted ascending.
    ** Now click "Sort lines case..." whatever option you want.

After you click that "Sort lines case sensitive..." or "Sort lines case insensitive..."  You'll then sort and remove duplicates in you Notepad Plus Plus open file. Here's the screenshot of the settings after you have installed the TextFX Plugin.

Sort and Remove Duplicates in Notepad Plus Plus

Step by step instructions how to sort text ascending while removing duplicatates in Notepad++

With your sorted text you'll should be happy with the results and happiness results in a improved living environment. So thanks for doing your part to improve the world!

One Response to “How to setup Notepad++ in an awesome way”

  1. David Wilk says:

    Thank you !! it works excellent to me

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