Some text editors, like Notepad2, have the ability to run the file that's being edited. Can this be done with Notepad++?


First close Notepad++, then find the file shortcuts.xml, usually in:

  • Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Notepad++

Open it up with something other than Notepad++ (perhaps notepad.exe) and add something like this to the file within the <UserDefinedCommands></UserDefinedCommands> tags:

<Command name="Launch file" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="">&quot;$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)&quot;</Command>

That will launch the (saved) file with its default application.

Save the changes and then load up Notepad++ to see your new entries in the Run menu.

Important: do not edit shortcuts.xml with Notepad++ itself as the shortcuts.xml file is overwritten when the program shuts down (overwriting any changes you made).

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  • If I put that in and then start Notepad++, it's not there . – tony_sid Aug 17 '10 at 8:50
  • Notepad++ is kinda weird about where it gets its settings. If that file didn't work, try the same file in the main Notepad++ application folder. Also, don't use Notepad++ to make the change to the file. One more thing: make sure to add the new line in the UserDefinedCommands section along with the other Command entries. – boot13 Aug 17 '10 at 10:30
  • Is there any way of adding saving to this as well? i.e. Save file and then launch the (now saved) file with its default application? – olagjo Feb 6 '13 at 17:05
  • @olagjo: apparently not. You should probably look at using the NppExec plugin. – boot13 Feb 7 '13 at 11:02
  • I tried this, and assigned the key to F5 (after clearing it from any existing commands), but F5 doesn't launch the script file. I created an entry for Execute with the code above, except for the hotkey. I'm trying to launch a .ahk script. The menu command works, but the hotkey doesn't. I just want F5 [cries]. – bgmCoder Aug 23 '17 at 22:49

I guess you mean a Plugin to execute xour commands or scripts. There is an officially supported Plugin for that on the N++ Plugindirectory called NppExec

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The answer by boot13 is a little overly complicated. The Run menu and command will do this. It also has the ability to save the command with an assigned hotkey. This is then saved to the UserDefinedCommands.

The option that I prefer is the NppExec plugin. This is far more capable and flexible when choosing how to run a program, and can run things in the command line with console output as well as launching windows applications.

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    I'm glad that works for you, because any time I've tried it, the result is inconsistent. For instance, I just tried it again, and while (this time, anyway) it did add the command to the list, selecting that command does nothing at all. To avoid the frustration, I prefer showing people how to edit the file directly. – boot13 Sep 13 '10 at 20:40

NPPExec didn't work for me so I tried the "RunMe" plugin written by F. Stellari which works like a charm. It executes files based on their extension simply by pressing a key or a key combination.

By default RunMe is "Shift + F5" but you can easily change this to F5 changing Notepad++'s keyboard shortcut settings.

Current download url is: http://sites.google.com/site/fstellari/nppplugins

If this should change, search for "notepad++ runme"

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  • I've tried this, but F5 doesn't do anything. You can un-assign it from the default Run command, and reassign it to RunMe's command, but the hotkey doesn't work. – bgmCoder Aug 24 '17 at 22:17

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