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Can I open http links from a notepad++ document directly to my default web browser? Like textpad: CTRL + Click ?

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Since (at least) Notepad++ 6.3.3, the feature is enabled by default and it is sufficient to double click the link.
Related documentation.


In Settings > MISC. > Clickable Link Settings, check Enable. Reload Notepad++ document to show underlined links. Double-click underlined links to launch in default web browser.

(Using Notepad++ 5.8.4)

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    There seems to be a bug on Notepad++ 6.3.2, the option is checked by default but it doesn't get effective until you uncheck it and re-check it, save settings and restart Notepad++. – マルちゃん だよ Apr 19 '13 at 1:18
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    Same with v.6.5 I had to re-enable it and restart Notepad++ and there you go: just double click. Thanks! – Metafaniel Oct 25 '13 at 15:58
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    In 6.3.3 it is enabled by default and ut works if you DOUBLE CLICK it. – Nenad Bulatovic Jun 3 '14 at 16:46
  • As for version 6.6.9 there's still the same bug. Thanks @マルちゃんだよ for the useful info. – tfrascaroli Dec 23 '14 at 11:25
  • Great to find this. BTW: Is there a way to change DblClick into Ctrl+Click? – Wolf Aug 19 '15 at 14:06
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I have Notepad ++ 6.9.2. Here is the answer provided by the "official" documentation. Starting from the Settings dropdown menu:

The Notepad++ Clickable Link setting

The Settings -> Preferences -> MISC -> Clickable Link Settings group box has two checkboxes. The upper one is meant to enable or disable the facility. When checked, the lower checkbox becomes enabled and controls whether links are shown with an underline, like most browsers do. If you change the setting during an edit session, you may need to force text being restyled for the changes to apply.

When the mouse hovers over an active link, the pointer changes to the familiar hand shape, and double clicking the link opens it in your default browser. Whether the new page is shown in a new tab or window depends on the settings of the browser.

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  • #@GrumpyMiyagi I have updated the accepted answer with the current application behaviour and the link to the documentation you have provided. – Antonio Sep 6 '16 at 13:41
  • @GrumpyMiyagi I believe now you can edit your answer and post directly the image. – Antonio Sep 6 '16 at 14:28

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