How to Add Notepad++ Plugin on Windows 10

Are you bored of using Windows Notepad with basic formatting? Then, Notepad++ is a better option for you. It is a replacement text editor for Notepad in Windows 10. It is programmed in C++ language and is based on the powerful editing component, Scintilla. It uses pure Win32 API and STL for faster execution and smaller program size. Also, it includes various upgraded features like Notepad++ plugin. This guide will teach you how to install, add, update & remove Notepad++ plugin on Windows 10.

How to Notepad++ Add Plugin on Windows 10

How to Add Notepad++ Plugin on Windows 10 PC

A few notable features of Notepad ++ are:

  • Auto-completion
  • Syntax highlighting and folding
  • Search and replace feature
  • Zoom in and out mode
  • Tabbed interface, and many more.

How to Install Plugin & Modify Settings

To install a plugin in Notepad++, a few settings have to be made while installing Notepad++. So, if you have installed Notepad++ already, then, it is advisable for you to uninstall and then, reinstall it.

1. Install the current version of Notepad++ from Notepad++ Downloads webpage. Here, choose any release of your choice.

choose the release in download page. How to install plugin Notepad++

2. Click on the green DOWNLOAD button shown highlighted to download the chosen version.

click on Download button

3. Go to the Downloads folder and double-click on the downloaded .exe file.

4. Choose your language (e.g. English) and click OK in Installer Language window.

select language and click OK. How to install plugin Notepad++

5. Click on Next > button.

click on next in the installation wizard

6. Click on I Agree button after reading the Licence Agreement.

click on I Agree button in licence agreement installation wizard. How to install plugin Notepad++

7. Choose the Destination Folder by clicking on Browse… button, then click on Next, as shown.

choose destination folder and click on Next in the installation wizard

8. Then, select the required components in Choose Components window and click on Next button, as depicted below.

choose custom components and click on Next in installation wizard

9. Again, select the option as per your requirements in Choose Components window and click Install button, shown highlighted.

select the options in choose components window and click on Next in Notepad plus plus installation wizard

10. Wait for the installation process to be completed.

install plugin Notepad++

11. Finally, click on Finish to open Notepad++.

click on Finish after Notepad plus plus installation is finished

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Follow the methods listed below to install plugin in Notepad++ in this upgraded version of Notepad.

Method 1: Through Plugins Admin in Notepad

Notepad++ is bundled with plugins that you can install easily by following the given steps:

1. Launch Notepad++ on your PC.

2. Click Plugins in the menu bar.

Click Plugins in the menu bar

3. Select Plugins Admin… option, as highlighted below.

Select Plugins Admin...

4. Scroll through the list of plugins and select the desired plugin and click the Install button.

Note: You can also search for a plugin in the Search bar.

Select the desired plugin. Click Install to install plugin Notepad++

5. Then, click Yes to exit Notepad++.

Click Yes to exit

Now, it will restart with new versions of plugins.

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Method 2: Manually Install Plugin Via Github

We can also manually install the plugin Notepad++ apart from the plugins present in the Plugins Admin.

Note: But before downloading a plugin, ensure that the version matches the system and the Notepad++ app. Close your Notepad++ app on your device before downloading.

1. Go to the Notepad ++ Community Github page and select the List of plugins according to your system type from the given options:

  • 32-Bit Plugin List
  • 64-Bit Plugin List
  • 64-Bit ARM Plugin List

download Notepad plus plus plugin manually from github page

2. Click on Version and link of the Respective plugins to download the .zip file.

select version and link of notepad plus plus plugin in the github page

3. Extract the contents of the .zip file.

4. Create a folder in the location path where Notepad++ plugins are installed and rename the folder with the plugin name. For example, the given directory will be either of these two:

C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins 
C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins

Create a folder and rename the folder

5. Paste the extracted files in the newly created Folder.

6. Now, open Notepad++.

7. You can find the downloaded plugin in the Plugins Admin. Install the plugin as instructed in Method 1.

How to Update Notepad++ Plugins

Updating the Notepad++ plugin is as easy as downloading. The plugins included in the Plugin Admin will be available in the Updates tab. However, to update the manually downloaded plugins, you need to make sure that the latest version of the plugin is downloaded. Follow the below steps to update Notepad++ plugins:

1. Launch Notepad++ on your PC. Click Plugins > Plugins Admin… as shown.

Select Plugins Admin...

2. Go to the Updates tab.

3. Select the Available plugins and click Update button at the top.

Select and Click on Update button.

4. Then, click Yes to exit the Notepad++ and for changes to take effect.

Click Yes to exit

How to Remove Notepad++ Plugin

You can just as easily uninstall Notepad++ plugins.

Option 1: Remove Plugin from Installed Tab

You can remove Notepad++ plugins from the installed tab in Plugins Admin window.

1. Open Notepad++ > Plugins > Plugins Admin… as earlier.

Select Plugins Admin...

2. Go to the Installed tab and select the plugins to be removed.

3. Click Remove at the top.

Go to the Installed tab and select the plugins to be removed. Click Remove at the top

4. Now, click Yes to exit the Notepad++ and restart it.

Click Yes to exit

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Option 2: Remove Manually Installed Notepad++ Plugin

Follow these steps to remove Notepad++ plugins manually:

1. Go to the Directory where you have placed the plugins file.

C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins
C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins

Go to the file location where you have installed plugins.

2. Select the Folder and press Delete or Delete + Shift keys to delete it permanently.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Is it safe to manually download and add plugins in Notepad++?

Ans. Yes, it is safe to download plugins and include them in Notepad++. But make sure that you download it from a reliable source like Github.

Q2. Why is it best to use Notepad++ than Notepad?

Ans. Notepad++ is a replacement text editor for Notepad in Windows 10. It comes with many notable features such as auto-completion, syntax highlighting and folding, search and replace, zoom in and out, and tabbed interface.

Q3. Is it safe to download and use Notepad++?

Ans. It is safe to download and use Notepad++. However, it is advised to download Notepad++ only from the Notepad official site or Microsoft Store.


We hope that this guide will help you to install Notepad++ as well as add or remove plugin in Notepad++. Drop your queries and suggestions in the comment section below.

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