I like the highlighting feature in notepad++, but when using certain themes that default purple and yellow make the text unreadable, and it seems I cannot change it through style configurator. Does anyone know where I would find the option to change these? It's making working with dark themes hard.

running ANSI on XP

actually I was able to change the colors through Style configurator I used tags match highlight and tags atribute

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    Voted to move to superuser.
    – Asaph
    Nov 12, 2009 at 3:25
  • I think this was addressed in a newer version of notpad
    – Daniel
    Sep 20, 2012 at 23:59

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For starter, have you tried 'Settings' > 'Style Configuration' and in pop up, find 'Select theme' drop down box. Choose a theme color that suits you. For example, I'm on 'Deep Black'.

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    I like the choco, but need to make the highlights work. would be nice to overwrite the transparency on those.
    – Daniel
    Nov 12, 2009 at 3:33
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    Go to 'Style Configurator' pop up, in your selected theme (ie/ Choco), in language choose 'Global Styles' then in style choose 'Selected text color'. Here you can change the 'Background color' value to one that suits you.
    – Trav L
    Nov 12, 2009 at 4:04

At least in notepad++ v6.2.2, some themes, such as Twilight, seem to ignore changes to the "Tag match highlight" and "Tag attribute". Meaning you end up with very hard to read highlight colors on a dark background.

It seems to be some error in the XML file for the theme. If you remove, for example, the "edgeColour" entry (which is set to styleID="0") then Notepad++ appears to parse the later entries properly - so the color changes do take effect.

  • Weird. I commented out the entire Edge colour line and it fixed my highlight issues.
    – Kit Menke
    Feb 12, 2013 at 16:19

I needed this too. As the original poster has noted, you can do this through:

Settings > Style Configurator > Global Styles ...

  • Tags match highlight
  • Tags attribute
  • oh of course.... because Tags Attribute is a logical thing to call Selected Text. 😋
    – ashleedawg
    Nov 27, 2020 at 9:58

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