I'm looking for a mechanism within notepad++ to replace runs of consecutive whitespace with a single space, like the "Compress whitespace" command in notepad2.

Essentially, in regex form:

s/\s+/ /g

I know I can do it with the find-replace form, but I would prefer soemthing that I can bind to a keyboard sequence.


Find and replace cannot be recorded as a macro in some versions of Notepad++. Update to the latest if you have trouble.

  • Wouldn't \s also match end of line characters? I'd think you'd want to find ` +` (space plus) and replace with ` ` (space) – Zachary Scott Jul 29 '16 at 19:58

You should be able to set this regex up as a macro and then bind the macro to a shortcut.

Settings > Shortcut mapper... > Macros

  • For whatever reason, I can't save the act of using the find-replace dialog as a macro. – tylerl Feb 14 '11 at 19:16
  • @tylerl when I do start recording, then do a find/replace of abc to xyz, then stop recording. then write in abc , then click macro..playback, it plays it back. so it does record. and I see an option to the current macro – barlop Feb 14 '11 at 20:31
  • @barlop - Doesn't work here. I do start recording, then find-replace, then stop-recording -- my macro isn't saved. It's as if I hadn't done a find-replace. The Playback option is grayed out. – tylerl Feb 14 '11 at 23:02
  • @barlop - Updated notepad++ to the latest version, and it works now. Thanks. – tylerl Feb 14 '11 at 23:05

Edit > Blank Operations > Remove Unnecessary Blank and EOL

Not sure if that's a default feature or plugin, but there's always a million plugins to do anything else.
The TextFX Plugin is worth a look as well.

  • Wonder how to do it without removing EOL but still compress space (without doing regex find ` +` (space plus) and replace with ` ` (space)? – Zachary Scott Jul 29 '16 at 20:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.