Is there any way to disable enter as auto-complete key? I like autocomplete to be switched on for words, but there are times, when I need to new line while auto-complete is showing.

I'd like auto-complete to just trigger on tab for that reason. It's kinda more than average annoyance for me.

There is a similarly-looking question, but it is not similar.

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In Settings -> Shortcut mapper -> Scintilla commands

Double click SCI_NEWLINE (should be item 9 in the list), select Enter and remove it.

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Note that you can't add Enter back after removing it in Notepad++. One way to add it back is open %appdata%\Notepad++\shortcuts.xml file, and change following lines:

    <ScintKey ScintID="2329" menuCmdID="0" Ctrl="no" Alt="no" Shift="yes" Key="13" />

to following:


save file and restarte NotePad++, and the setting should be restored.

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    Hey! I did that and now Notepad++ does not auto-indent for me. I cannot re-add the Enter shortcut so now I'm screwed X.X Please tell me what to do.
    – Foxcat385
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 21:01
  • @Foxcat385 updated my answer for how to add back Enter shortcut.
    – Deqing
    Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 0:26
  • You can't use <kbd>right</kbd> because there's a conflict, but it's a different situation; so, you should be able to use <kbd>right</kbd>. Commented Apr 26, 2020 at 7:46
  • Where do you find the ScintIDs? Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 18:22

In the current Notepad++ version (8.2.1) it is possible to set autocompletion keys easily in Settings -> Preferences dialog.

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I don't know how to disable it, but a workaround would be to hit Esc before Enter to close the suggestion pop-up in that special situation where you want to insert a new line instead of auto-completing.


According to the related Github issue, there is nothing you can do in Notepad++ to prevent this. It would have to be changed in Scintilla itself.

I've resorted to an AutoHotkey script to replace Enter with Esc + Enter while in Notepad++:

#IfWinActive, ahk_class Notepad++
Enter::SendInput {Esc}{Enter}

This appears to work perfectly so far. Any menus/dialogs opened by Notepad++ have a different ahk_class, so this script won't send Esc+Enter when you just want to e.g. confirm a dialog with Enter.

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