Notepad++ Backup or Migrate

Notepad ++ is a great free IDE / Text Editor for coding, notes, uber clip board – copy/pasting text, ideas, code snippets, comparing file contents… It’s fast, lightweight and excellent for basic tasks. And thus you may have a lot of important stuff in it, because of it’s best feature – saving every tab you open and keystroke you type.  It’s just there if you want it, no need for CTRL+S unless you need a file. Close the tab and poof those bits are gone from your disk, leave it open and you have access forever – until you move to new computer or disk.  To ensure you don’t loose any of the 52… odd tabs you may have open and unsaved – Notepad++ stores all open tabs in a cache, and you can search them all from within Notepad++ via ctrl +F. So you may want a copy of all that, including any plugins or program customizations.

Here’s how to backup your Notepad++ cache and settings, and then how to restore to a new computer or OS refresh.

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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