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How can I make the floating window tabs wider/static width in Notepad++ (version

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Open up Settings > Preferences, go to the General tab and find the Tab Bar box.

If Reduce is checked, unchecking it will make your tabs wider (but also taller).

Checking Show close button on each tab will also widen your tabs. How much use you get out of this option depends on why you want the wider tabs, of course.

I'm not aware of any way to make all tabs a static width.

As far as I know, Notepad++'s configuration info is located1 in


I don't know for sure what everything in that file means, but I did just take a quick look through it and didn't see any tab width options. (There is a TabSetting value, but that's for converting tab characters into space characters.) I also checked stylers.xml in the same directory, and got nothing.

1: How to migrate Notepad++ settings?

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Tried that, the reduce only worked on the file tabs, not the floating window tabs. – jcolebrand Aug 13 '12 at 22:27
Well, you can't say the good Lord knew you tried that method @jco – random Aug 13 '12 at 22:29
I'm pretty sure I've misunderstood what you meant by "floating window tab," then. I can open the "Find result" window, but I don't see any tabs other than the regular file tabs when I do. How do you get to the tab(s) you're asking about? – Pops Aug 13 '12 at 22:34
I opened two tabs and drug them together to make a floating window, the other one I'm using right now is "workspace" but any would work that float. – jcolebrand Aug 13 '12 at 22:37
Also, good joke ;-) – jcolebrand Aug 13 '12 at 22:38

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