Does anyone know if Notepad++ can display a vertical line on the right margin to indicated that the text will or will not fit on a printed page? I have looked but I cannot find it. Word wrap does work, but it wraps by my screen width, not by the width of a printed page.


As you said you do not actually want to print it, you may use the Show vertical edge.

Setting > Preferences > Editing > Tick "Show vertical edge" > Choose "Line Mode"

You can then specify the vertical line should locate in which column (default should be 100).

(Tested in: Notepad++ v5.7)

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    It's still there in v6.8.8 (December, 2015). – ROMANIA_engineer Jan 28 '16 at 13:10
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    Only issue I have with the vertical edge is that Word Wrap doesn't respect it. It would be wonderful to be able to check a box in the editing preferences to get this behavior. – KeithS Mar 8 '16 at 16:18
  • @KeithS you are correct. notepad++ doesn't support this feature yet. superuser.com/questions/365225/… – wilson Mar 10 '16 at 3:00
  • In newer Notepad++ (7.8.6) the option is named Vertical Edge Settings, and allows to highlight several columns at once. – mik Jun 8 at 7:28

BTW You can also customize the color of that vertical bar here:

vertical edge color customizing in Notepad++

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In case you are looking for this option in Notepad++ at ~v7.8, the setting is located near the center of the "Vertical Edge Settings" window under Settings > Preferences > Editing:

You can type in one or more numbers (separated by white space) to show one or multiple vertical lines.

In the example below, I have a "warning" line at line 70, and a hard limit at 80. Hope this helps.

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I think modern Printers are able to auto adjust words so that can fit in the sheet. So don't worry about margins.

I suggest you use to Microsoft Word for typing documents that you want to print.

EDIT: I couldn't find anything that could provide a vertical margin in Notepad++. But as Workaround for text readability, once the text is written select all the text then press Ctrl + I (shortcut for Split Lines). One Disadvantage is that you have to keep your window size steady i.e don't resize it.

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    I actually do not want to print it, I just want the code to look nice and appear in a readable fashion. Having that line lets me know when to press 'ENTER'. – ubiquibacon Sep 7 '10 at 20:37
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    Split LINES! CTRL+i BRILLIANT. NOTE: First, turn on word-wrap. This doesn't change your document, only the way it 'wraps' on the screen. Next, resize your window-width, select your text, then run this command. It will add new-lines to each line that goes beyond the window width. – Felipe Alvarez Sep 17 '10 at 11:17

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