Notepad++ Backup or Migrate

Notepad++Notepad ++ lets you create backups of individual files, but if you’re like me (may the lord have mercy) and you have lots of snippets, notes and copy/pasted text in unsaved files and tabs… well you can just copy your Notepad++ Profile data and you’ve got it all. With the steps below you can enable file saves and perform a full data backup or migrate to a new computer – all you’re unsaved files/tabs, settings and plugins.


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

Backup individual files in Notepad++

  1. Open Notepad ++
  2. Click: Settings > Preferences > Backup
  3. Define a Custom backup directory: X:\Backup\Notepad++
  4. Backup type: Verbose

    Backup Notepad++
    Backup Notepad++

How to Backup everything! – all files, unsaved tabs, settings and plugins

  1. Copy or Backup all files and folders from this location on your current computer: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++

Moving the Backup to a New Computer – all files, unsaved tabs, settings and plugins

  1. Launch Notepad ++ on your new computer and then close it. This creates your  Notepad ++ profile and folder structure.
  2. Restore files from Backup step above to this location on the new computer: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++
  3. Say Yes to Overwrite all files and folders in this location.
  4. Launch Notepad++ and you’ll see your last state on your old computer!

    Notepad++ Profile Data
    Notepad++ Profile Data


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