Since a few months ago, Notepad++ automatically makes clickable links whenever I type a URL. This behaviour makes it much more difficult to edit HTML documents because instead of clicking in the middle of a text URL to change it, it now opens the link in the web browser instead.

How can I permanently disable this feature?

  • Amazing how the NPP team persists in enalbing this idiotic option by default. Not a single developer has ever needed to click a link in NPP. – andreszs Jul 6 at 14:24

You have to uncheck this option:

Settings » Preferences » MISC » Clickable Link Settings

Clickable Link Settings

Once you've changed the setting, you will need to reopen the file in Notepad++ (or restart the application) for it to take effect.

This has moved to the Settings > Preferences > Cloud & Link

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  • @ReverseEMF I actually used the links frequently while writing HTML files for my website. Making sure they're going where I think they're going and also I'd sometimes want to read stuff from the site I was referencing while writing content for the page. – Julix Oct 7 '16 at 21:01
  • @nixda, I often find myself toggling this, (and I keep forgetting where in the unintuitive menu it is), any easy way to do this, like assign a key ? – killjoy Sep 5 '18 at 16:05
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    Note: this has moved to the Cloud & Link page – MickyD May 5 at 6:09

As a Windows 10 user, I found that I needed to run Notepad++ as an administrator in order for this setting to "take". This is probably true for other versions of Windows.

I discovered this after several attempts to uncheck the Clickable Link Settings checkbox. After restarting Notepad++ several times and finding the checkbox still checked, I found this solution from searching Google.

  • Can confirm that this worked in my case. Had to run Notepad++ in admin mode in order to be able to "deactivate" links. – Hauns TM Mar 26 '18 at 11:38
  • Did you install Notepad++ with the option Do not use %APPDATA%? This would be the only explanation for me. – escalator May 11 '20 at 14:31

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