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 > Preferences > Cloud & Link > Clickable Link Settings, click ☒ Enable. Reload Notepad++ document to show underlined links. Double-click underlined links to launch in default web browser.

Note this was the default setting right after I installed the version 8.2 of the program.

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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++.
    – Bigger
    Apr 19, 2013 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, 2013 at 15:58
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    In 6.3.3 it is enabled by default and ut works if you DOUBLE CLICK it. Jun 3, 2014 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. Dec 23, 2014 at 11:25
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    Good to know that it is a double-click, not a single-click, thanks.
    – Danijel
    Sep 25, 2018 at 8:19

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.

  • #@GrumpyMiyagi I have updated the accepted answer with the current application behaviour and the link to the documentation you have provided.
    – Antonio
    Sep 6, 2016 at 13:41
  • @GrumpyMiyagi I believe now you can edit your answer and post directly the image.
    – Antonio
    Sep 6, 2016 at 14:28

Just as an update, in the current version (8.X) the option is under "Cloud/Link":

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