i.e. todo.txt, medical.txt, etc.

I looked at XML files in C:\Program Files\Notepad++, but to no avail.

  • I have the same question. I have the portable app Notepad++. Apr 6, 2016 at 11:44

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or perhaps


By the way, if you want to know how I found this out, I fired up Sysinternals ProcMon, set a filter on the ProcessName field to "notepad++.exe", closed Notepad++ and then ProcMon showed me which files had been accessed when I closed it.

  • Beat you to it by 7 seconds :P
    – Pylsa
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:30
  • Did I see you ninja-deleting an answer? :)
    – Ciaran
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:43
  • Well, if BloodPhilia really was first, I'll have to mark him as the answer.
    – JohnB
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:45
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    Check out my super educational edit!
    – Ciaran
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:47
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    On Windows XP, this is %APPDATA%\Notepad++\session.xml
    – rds
    Oct 29, 2012 at 11:57

This location should work regardless of username or Windows version:


It's in C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++\session.xml

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    I do not have "C:\Users". Apr 6, 2016 at 11:47
  • Typing %appdata% into the Windows search will take you to AppData. Oct 29, 2019 at 16:41



The best way is to visit below mentioned directory,this will contains all the files temporarily saved by notepad++.


  • Good answer, but on my PC %AppData% takes me to C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming` for some reason (instead of just C:\Users\<USER>\AppData)
    – JohnB
    Nov 30, 2019 at 22:15

As of v7.4.2, If you downloaded the executable (i.e. did not do a windows installation), then it would be in <your_NPP_location>\config.xml

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