In Notepad++, is there a hotkey to wipe all white space left and right of the cursor?

I'd imagine it would be the same as "delete current word", but I can't find it.

  • Ctrl + Del deletes to the end of the word
  • Ctrl + Backspace deletes to the beginning of the word

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There is no shortcut by default, but you can easily add one using the shortcut mapper. The action to remove leading and trailing space is found in Edit > Blank operations > Remove leading and trailing space

You can map it by going to Settings > Shortcut Mapper... > Then scrolling to whichever one you want (such as 29) and double clicking on the cell under Shortcut.

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    "Remove leading and trailing space" drops those from the whole document, which is not what this question is about.
    – Gonen
    Nov 19, 2013 at 9:35

I didn't find the actions you've asked for,
but could suggest a simple search-and-replace pattern:

Search: \h+(\w+)\h+
Replace: _$1_ (the '_' character here represents a blank character)

You could also write a short macro for that -
see here for a list of predefined Notepad++ shortcut-keys:

Lists of default mouse and keyboard shortcuts for Notepad++ and some plugins

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