Notepad++ Backup or Migrate


Notepad ++ is one of my favorite programs. I use it to code, take notes and as an uber clip board – copy/pasting text, ideas, code snippets… It’s my lightweight easy to use swiss army knife. And it has a lot of important stuff in it!  To ensure I don’t loose any of the 52 tabs I have open and unsaved (Notepad saves all the unsaved tabs in a cache, amazing feature and I can search them all via ctrl +F). Here’s how to backup your files and settings and how to copy to a new computer.

Set Notepad to make Backups of individual files

  1. Click Settings > Preferences > Backup
  2. Default location: C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\backup
  3. Choose Verbose for backup type
  4. Define a custom backup location
    Notepad++ Backup


Backup all files, unsaved tabs, settings and plugins

  1. Copy all files and folders here: C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++
  2. Restore by copying all \Notepad++  from your backup location to: C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++


Move to a new computer – all files, unsaved tabs, settings and plugins

  1. Launch Notepad ++ on your new computer and then close it
  2. Old Computer – Copy all files and folders from: C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++
  3. New Computer – Overwrite all files and folders with data from old computer: C:\Users\*YourUserName*\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++

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