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In Visual Studio, (and a few other Microsoft editors), you can auto format a document with a simple Ctrl + K, Ctrl + D.

This inserts line breaks and tabbing automatically.

Is there a similar feature in Notepad++?

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TextFX has the options to insert line breaks and tabbing:


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Why do I not see TextFX in the menu bar as you do? –  Pacerier Jul 3 at 8:05
If you can not see TextFX in your menu,you can install it's plug in from… –  ukanth Jul 4 at 8:41

Download the "NppAutoIndent" plugin.  In Notepad++:

Plugins → Plugin manager → Available → NppAutoIndent

The "NppAutoIndent" plugin has 'smart' indentation for C-style languages, such as C/C++, PHP, and Java.  It's the first release, so don't expect it to be flawless, and of course it might not be completely to your preferences.  There is NO support for HTML/XML and such, maybe later, tag matching is much more difficult to implement.  To use it, select your code and:

TextFX → TextFX Edit → Reindent C++ code

If you cannot see TextFX in your menu, you can install its plugin from SourceForge.


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For JavaScript, the JSMinNpp plugin will do this job.

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very pleased with formatting result and better than tidy2 –  imanabidi Sep 14 at 5:43

For markup / xml there's a plugin called 'XML Tools'.

This can be added via the plugin manager inside Notepad++.

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It can't seem to clean HTML it just says errors in the document without telling me what they are. –  Matthew Lock Jan 11 '13 at 8:32

Here are most of plugins to format your code.

JStool (JSmin)

UniversalIndentGUI ( Enable 'text auto update' in plugin manager-> UniversalIndentGUI
Shortkey = CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+J )

TextFX  ( Shortkey = CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+B or TextFX > TextFX Html Tidy > Tidy: reindent XML; TextFX has the benefit of wrapping long lines, which XML Tools does not do, but doesn't indent those new lines correctly. )

XML Tools  (customized plugin for XML;   Shortkey = CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+B or XML Tools > Pretty print [Text indent]. XML Tools complements TextFX by indenting the newly wrapped lines nicely. )
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Check your formatting please. –  slhck Nov 15 '14 at 16:18

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