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Is there a way to group tabs in Notepad++?

I frequently end-up with 30 or more tabs (files) opened, and it's becoming quite hard to figure out which tab I want to switch to.

If I could group them per affinity (one tab-bar per group?), that would be a good start.

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What about Doc Switcher?

Go to menu: Settings --> Preferences... --> General --> Document List Panel and select the checkbox Show.

A vertical list of all open tabs opens on the left. I'm talking about Notepad++ version 6.3. Don't know about earlier.

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That would almost be a perfect solution, except that you cannot sort items listed in the Doc Switcher –  blackhawk Jul 1 '14 at 12:46

Notepad++ has session management built-in;

Feature to save tab sessions.

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Also in the Notepad++ help file there is an article on Session Management. Second category "Session Management" within the Documentation Navigation. –  wonea Feb 14 '13 at 14:56
I cannot find this button or feature in my NPP v6.3 ?? –  Sebastien Apr 12 '13 at 13:33
can't get this to work either - the session manager plugin doesn't show a button, even if you ask it to in settings. Maybe a diff plugin –  jim smith Aug 22 '14 at 8:06

I found the perfect solution here: Notepad++ Tips and Tricks

Create new tab group: Similar to Visual Studio's New Vertical Tab Group, you can view documents (or tabbed groups of documents) side-by-side using View > Move/Clone Current Document > Move to Other View. F8 then toggles between these views. Choosing to Clone effectively implements split screen and any changes made to one view of the document will be replicated in the other.

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View -> Project -> Project panel #

works for me. You can add projects with their own files and directories as you like.

This makes it a lot easier to work with a lot of files from a lot of different folders from a lot of different projects.

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The File Switcher plugin may (or may not) suit your needs. It presents a sortable list, and has partial-title quick-search...

You can find it here: Directory for Notepad++ plugins

Here is a summary from the Plugins page:
"... a little plugin that switches between files, by entering any part of the filename. It's handy if you don't like taking your hands off the keyboard to switch files. Formerly known as Keyboard File Switcher."

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This is the most useful out of all! –  N.R.S.Sowrabh Aug 12 '13 at 12:37

Not really an answer because I'm not aware of any specific tab management plug-ins, but it might be worth looking at. It's a plug-ib for NPP called Window Manager, it allows a slightly different view of open documents via a dockable window.

I have it installed in NPP and it's useful when there are multiple tabs open. It can be found at the bottom of the NPP plugins page

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