Notepad++ 8.0 has been released

Notepad++ is a popular choice on Windows devices when it comes to the replacement of the built-in plain text editor Notepad. The open source application improves plain text editing on Windows PCs significantly. It supports tabs, better search functionality, themes, plugins, auto-complete, programming languages and their syntax, and more.

Notepad++ 8.0 is the latest version of the text editor for Windows. It is a major new version that introduces new features and improvements as well as bug fixes. The release notes list 39 different changes to the application.

A visit of the download page reveals that Notepad++ is now also available for ARM64 systems, and no longer only for x86 and x64 systems. Just like the other builds, the ARM build is available as an installer and as several portable versions.

notepad 80 dark mode

Once installed, the next main change is that Notepad++ 8.0 supports a dark mode officially. Select Settings > Preferences > Dark Mode > Enable Dark Mode to switch from light to dark mode in the application.

Another new visual feature is the new distraction free mode. The new mode can be enabled under View > Distraction Free Mode to get a fullscreen editing mode without most of the user interface. New Fluent UI icons for the toolbar are now also available.

The new version introduces several new features:

  • Add 1 click action (SHIFT-click) on close button to close all tabs in dockable panel.
  • Add ability of changing select text foreground color (optional).
  • Allow Replace to stop after replacement (optional)
  • Add ability to style only current instance of text.
  • Add ability to reverse line order.
  • Add Ada, Fortran, Fortran77 & Haskell in function lists.
  • Add "Copy Pathnames" command to Search results context menu.
  • Add MarkAll Preference settings for case and word.
  • Add "Append extension" checkbox to Save As dialog.
  • Add padding ability in the edit zone.
  • Add command line parameter for adding specified string to app title bar.
  • Add ability to avoid accumulating multiple search results.

The remaining changes are bug fixes for the most part. The developers have removed Microsoft Bing from the list of search engines that power the "Search on Internet" command. According to a commit, Bing was removed because of its censoring of results.

Closing Words

Notepad++ continues to evolve and introduce new functionality. The new feature is no exception, as it introduces new features such as the distraction free mode or dark mode support.

Now You: which program do you use for plain text editing?

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  1. RossN said on June 7, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Still using Notepad3 by Rizensoft. Smaller. Cleaner? Enough ‘goodies’ for editing simple scripts and text files for my purposes.

  2. Paul(us) said on June 7, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Notepad already for many years. The greatest in my opinion.
    I like to have Notepad installed on Raspberry pi 4B.

    I have a question however I know that ARM64 works with Rasperry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 but
    I can’t find, if ARM64 also works, with Raspberry 4 model B?

  3. Anonymous said on June 7, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Indeed, Notepad++ is my favourite editor for Windows! On Linux (my main system), however, I edit every text file with either (g)vim (for quickly editing config files) or Emacs (any other text such as e-mails or LaTeX files). If you don’t want to use (g)vim/Emacs on Windows, Notepad++ is surely the best solution in my opinion.

  4. chesscanoe said on June 7, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    I have used NPP for a long time, and the programmer never ceases to rest on his laurels. Version 8.0 is a remarkable evolution of this application. You cannot update yet from within NPP, but the website has the updates now as the post says.

  5. Juraj M. said on June 7, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Holy Moly! The dark mode is the ugliest dark mode I’ve ever seen! LOL!!!
    Pitch black toolbar, win98 gray tabs, selected line is pitch black again.

    The missing dark mode was the reason I’ve started to use Visual Code for ad hoc text editing. The only downside of Visual Code is the huge memory footprint, but it looks so much nicer, plus has ton of plugins.

  6. hg said on June 7, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Excellent/best text editor IMO; and I’m not even a programmer. And of course it allows multi tab/file editing.

  7. joe said on June 7, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Any similar version of Notepad++ for LINUX?.
    — Thks!

  8. Dumbledalf said on June 7, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    It’s one of those pieces of software that don’t get worse when a new version releases. I don’t know if they become better, but I have nothing to complain or add, I just like it.

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