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I would like to define a shortcut key which opens a particular text file at a particular line. My preferred editor is Notepad++, but suggestions involving other editors are welcome.

How to open multiple files in Notepad++ each at a specific line ?

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You'll need to use the command line option listed in the other answer, but you'll also need to set up the shortcut key in the Windows shortcut. To do this:

  1. Make a shortcut to the program itself. You can do this by right clicking somewhere (desktop is easiest, but it doesn't really matter where) and choosing New -> Shortcut. You can also just find Notepad++ in the Start -> (All) Programs menu, right click on the item, copy it from there, and then paste it.

  2. Right click the new shortcut you've made (not the one in the Start Menu), choose Properties, and then go to the "Shortcut" tab. In the "Target" box you'll have something already there like "C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" You need to add your file you wish to open after the quote marks, and then -n## (replacing #'s with the line number). The target box should read something like "C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" c:\users\username\desktop\test.txt -n73

  3. On the same tab, there is a box for editing the shortcut. Click in there and type a letter. It will automatically add Ctrl+Alt to the front of it, and that is your shortcut. I'm unsure if you can use any other combination keys for the shortcut.

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+1 for adding the other half of the answer that I didn't, and for providing so much detail. Thanks! – Randolf Richardson May 30 '11 at 6:24

You need to use the following command-line option (where "#" represents the line number):


The complete list of command-line options for Notepad++ is available in the project wiki:

Controlling Notepad++ at startup by passing it Command Line Options

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To open multiple files each on a certain line with notepadd++:

// for each file (as command line):
notepad++.exe -multiInst filename -n#
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