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:
- 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
<Command name="Launch file" Ctrl="yes" Alt="yes" Shift="yes" Key="">"$(FULL_CURRENT_PATH)"</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).
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.
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"