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I can comment lines easily enough with Ctrl+Shift+Q. How do I uncomment the lines? Ctrl+Shift+K doesn't do it.

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If you have the XML Tools plug-in, you can use the following shortcuts for block commenting/uncommenting:

  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C — comment selection

  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R — uncomment selection.

As for the Ctrl+Shift+K shortcut not working, you should probably report the problem to the Notepad++ developer.

Edit: Looks like the standard Block comment (Ctrl+K), Block uncomment (Ctrl+Shift+K) and Toggle block comment (Ctrl+Q) commands don't work with XML at all. (I'm using v. 5.5 by the way.)

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Maybe Ctrl+Shift+k has been remapped. – alex Sep 21 '09 at 20:11
No, I haven't found any other command with this shortcut assigned. The appropriate menu command (Edit -> Comment/Uncomment -> Block uncomment) also doesn't work, so it must be a problem with Notepad++. – Helen Sep 22 '09 at 16:15
For me, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R was dual mapped to "Launch in Chrome". I ended up deleting that shortcut since I'll use it far less often. – Matt Lachman Jul 13 '11 at 14:10
Very useful plugin - works fine on v 5.9.3, except when you alt-select columns of text. – CAD bloke Aug 23 '11 at 22:35

The Notepad++ comment/uncomment functionality is not really intuitive. Here's a list of the comment shortcuts and related operations that Notepad++ provides:

  • Ctrl-Q
    Toggle line comment on current line / selection

  • Ctrl-Shift-Q
    Create block comment on current line / selection (no toggle!)

  • Ctrl-K
    Create line comment on current line / selection

  • Ctrl-Shift-K
    Remove line comment from current line / selection

Now, since XML only has block comments and no line comments, the only way to create a comment is to use Ctrl-Shift-Q and there is no way to remove a comment as Notepad++ does not provide a Remove block comment feature.


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Still true in V 5.9.3 – CAD bloke Aug 23 '11 at 22:17
Looks like there's a block uncomment feature now (6.8.8), but there's no default shortcut key. – Derek Morrison Jan 11 at 15:21

I had the situation to remote comments from a properties / ini file.

used the reg expression ^.#.$ to search and replace with blank (see here )

next steps remote blank lines.

This might help you to remove comment from a text file

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