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In Notepad++, I created a file as a template. Every time I create a temporary file based on this template, I need to:

  • open the template file,
  • copy its contents,
  • open a new file, and
  • paste the contents

before I can begin to edit the temporary file.

I don't need to save the temporary file, so I will not copy the template file in Windows Explorer.

Is there a way to "Copy and Create" in Notepad++, to copy the contents of the template file to create a new file?

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Sorry if I've misunderstood you question. But if you don't need to save the copy of the file. Couldn't you just set the template file to Read Only? – Dracs Apr 11 '13 at 3:43
That's a good idea, Dracs. So that I can modify directly the template instead of copy it first. But when I create two files at the same time from one template, I need to copy from it anyway. – ning Apr 12 '13 at 2:07
Ah, fair enough. Didn't consider needing more than one copy of the template at once. – Dracs Apr 12 '13 at 2:27

Looks like there is a plugin called NewFileBrowser that will allow you to create up to two templates. There is a review of it here

There is also a Snippet Plugin that you could use to duplicate your template functionality. Simply create a snippet for each template that you want and then when you create a new file apply the desired snippet to the blank page.

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Thank you for the link. However I have 30+ templates for different tasks. The plugin limits the templates to 2. – ning Apr 12 '13 at 2:04
@ning updated answer with another option. – Brad Patton Apr 12 '13 at 18:24
Thank you for suggesting the Snippet Plugin. It's for coding, and I will confirm how to make it fit in my usage. Thank you. – ning Apr 16 '13 at 3:00

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