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Can Notepad++ highlight search results in its scrollbar area, whereby the scrollbar represents the height of the entire document being viewed and is visually marked (colour-coded, ticked or otherwise) relative to where the results occur in the actual document?

Does an option or plugin exist for this?

Some other software programs like Eclipse and Google Chrome implement this kind of high level scrollbar visualization to aid understanding of results in one view.

I found the following example image on the Internet to demonstrate the concept - it's not Notepad++ but shows the scrollbar concept being referred to.

Example of highlighted scrollbar

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+1 for introducing me to the concept. Very nice. – Xavierjazz Nov 29 '10 at 3:52

A bit late but yes, there is a plugin for that, it's called "SmartHighlighter" and is part of the jN Plugin suite found at

Direct link to jN suite:

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Looks like the site has changed and the old listing of plugins doesn't exist anymore. Had to use the Wayback Machine to find it:… – HotN Jun 23 '14 at 14:51

There's a feature that puts a line marker next to the line numbers.

Search > find. Check the option "mark line".

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That's nice but doesn't provide the same high level visual of the entire document at once. Thank you for posting this close second - I might have to be satisfied with it. – John K Nov 29 '10 at 3:53

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