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Is there a way to auto start a Notepad++ macro? I have a macro created but I want it to be run automatically when Notepad++ starts.

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I know you can have NP++ execute a NPPExec script/command at start up. For that you need to go to Plugins>NPPExec>Advanced Options>Execute this script when Notepad++ starts...So all you need is call a macro from NPPExec and this is tricky I guess. See this… – Stat-R Apr 13 '12 at 16:56

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I don't have time to look into the exact commands you need, but I wanted to point you to AutoHotKey, which can create inputs when a program starts (and much, much more). I'm not an expert, but to give you a possible direction, I've writen an AHK script that clicks on a certain menu item as soon as a dialog window appears. Just have a look at the documentation for some commands you can use.

Hope that helps!

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This may not be the perfect and efficient solution but if you need something complicated it can be of great help.

I can do that if I use any other script besides NPPExec. This can be done via Send command in AutoIt. @Jerph has suggested AutoHotkey which can also be used. So here are the steps:

  1. Download AutoIt
  2. Write a script to send keystrokes through autoit file (SendToNppExec.au3).
  3. Write a NPPExec Script to run SendToNppExec.au3 using AutoIt3_x64 (or whatever windows version you are using).
  4. Enable the script to be executed when NPP starts

Suppose the keyboard shortcut for your macro is Ctrl + F12. Then you can write an autoit script (SendToNppExec.au3) as follows:

Send ( "^{F12}" )

Then use NPPExec to execute the following command at start up: You may include the following in your NPPExec Script which you have to choose to start when Np++ starts.

"C:\...path to...\AutoIt3_x64.exe" "C:\...path to...\SendToNppExec.au3"

I guess you understand the following image to enable NPPExec script on start up.

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EDIT You can also convert the au3 script to exe and then call directly from NPPExec script without having to invoke AutoIt3 application.

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