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I am trying to portabilize every program I use if possible, and Notepad++ is on the list. The only problem is that I've had a native installation until now so that I'm not totally sure which settings files need to be moved to the portable directory.

Surely there's a function tucked away somewhere in NPP exactly for this purpose, or some plugin out there? I mean the developers have literally thought of everything else, yet this is the one thing I cannot find specifically anywhere in the NPP wiki or otherwise, and I don't want to miss an important file.

Here is the closest I've gotten: Notepad++'s configuration files and Where are all the files?

Should I just copy every configuration file listed on the first link?

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They have NotePad++ for PortableApps: – icc97 Jan 9 '14 at 14:00
Those links are both dead. – John Fouhy Mar 17 '15 at 23:38
@NoCartharsis, Why not simply download the portable Notepad++? – Pacerier Jun 18 '15 at 23:07
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I found the configuration files under

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This is the same as %APPDATA%\Notepad++. As from the configuration files link in the question: "Those xml files (except doLocalConf.xml and asNotepad.xml which should be always in Notepad++ Install Folder, and langs.xml, which must be in %APPDATA%\Notepad++\ under Windows Vista or 7) are loaded from %AppData%\Notepad++ or Notepad++.exe's own folder, it depends respectively on the absence or presence of doLocalConf.xml in Notepad++.exe's folder." – icc97 Nov 1 '12 at 9:09
Unfortunately not all plugins store its config in %APPDATA\Notepad++ directory (e.g. QuickText). – Adam Ryczkowski Jan 27 '13 at 11:27

You have already found the full list of Notepad++'s configuration files. If I were you, first I would copy the whole Notepad++ folder under the Program Files, and save it for some time. Then I'd start to use all the files listed on the NPP page, and after making sure everything's OK, I'd delete the backup.

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It is not among best practices to backup program together with its config - think viruses. – Adam Ryczkowski Jan 27 '13 at 11:23
But the alternative (cherry-picking the needed config files) has also flaw: if one install yet another plugin, he would need to update the backup configuration to include a bunch of new config files that apply to that plugin. – Adam Ryczkowski Jan 27 '13 at 11:26

For those who are migrating from Win XP (yes, I know this is 2012) you can find these files in :

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Notepad++\
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