I know that I can double click a word and Notepad++ will highlight all instances of that word within the document. My question is not about this.

Does anyone know of a plug-in or setting which will allow me to select as many characters as I please and highlight all occurrences of those characters?

Given the following text file:

$hey_you = 'hey you';
$hey_me = 'hey me';
$hey_we = 'hey we';

With my cursor I wish to select $hey_ and have the 3 $hey_s highlighted.

Also, if the scroll-bar could behave like Google Chrome's with yellow markings then that would be a huge bonus, too.

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Try the Settings -> Preferences -> Highlighting and uncheck the "Match whole word only" under Smart Highlighting.

that seemed to work for me.

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  • This sounds incredibly promising but I cannot test it out until tomorrow but if it works then I will gladly accept this answer! – MonkeyZeus Mar 21 '19 at 1:48
  • Superb, thank you so much for the answer!! – MonkeyZeus Mar 21 '19 at 12:34
  • This setting has honestly made Notepad++ so much nicer for me and it will be so much harder to ever give it up for any other editor. I sincerely appreciate this answer and wish I could upvote several times. – MonkeyZeus Mar 21 '19 at 18:18

With my cursor I wish to select $hey_ and have the 3 $hey_s highlighted

Select the text $hey_ and then Menu > Search > Mark All > Choose a highlight style:

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  • Hi, just wanted to let you know that I have accepted a different answer to my question. Your answer works properly for my issue but the other answer wins due to ease-of-use. Thanks! – MonkeyZeus Mar 21 '19 at 12:36

Accepted answer and other are good but I needed to adjust few style to highlight it properly so that it can standout as my default Global override has foreground and background white and black respectively

Settings -> style Configurator -> Global Styles

Then change foreground color and background for below Style as needed:

Selected text color Smart HighLighting Mark Style 1 to 5

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