Is it possible to get Notepad++ to have background themes like other text editors have? I know that you can have syntax highlighting, but I've seen editors like Eclipse and Visual Studio have background colors and such? Is this possible to do with Notepad++?


I found that Version 5.6.6 of Notepad++ now has a drop down list of built in themes that can be selected from Settings > Style Configurator > Select Theme.

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Yes. Notepad++ has a latest release 5.5.1 has some built in themes you can take advantage of. If you want little bit more customization, you can change the colors of every element in UI as you want.

Quick google search shows that there a vibrant community of TextMate(Mac Editor) has a good themes. http://joyboner.com/60-free-textmate-notepad-styler-themes/ will show you how to convert those themes for notepad++.

From http://joyboner.com/60-free-textmate-notepad-styler-themes/:

Step 1. Assuming you already have Notepad++ installed, navigate your browser over to the Textmate Theme Directory.

Step 2. Choose a rad looking theme and download it.

Step 3. Fire up Notepad++ and open the .tmTheme file you just downloaded.

Step 4. Select all (Ctrl+A) and copy (Ctrl+C)

Step 5. Now navigate your browser over to the theme converter page.

Step 6. Paste what you copied from Notepad++ into the big textbox and click the download button and save the file.

Step 7. In Explorer, navigate to: C:\Documents and Settings\%%USERNAME%%\Application Data\Notepad++\

Step 8. Locate the original styler theme file (stylers.xml) and rename it to something like original.stylers.xml

Step 9. Take the file you downloaded from Step 6 and move it to the location in Step 7.

Step 10. Rename the file you just moved to stylers.xml

Step 11. Close Notepad++ and reopen it.

Step 12. Enjoy your new colors!

Hope this helps.

  • This can keep me busy all day. Thanks for the links.
    – Chris
    Nov 12, 2009 at 16:13

You can edit colors in Notepad++ by using the Styler Configurator from the Settings Menu.


Background colors is possible.

Go to Settings->Style Configurator, and set the checkboxes "Enable".

Notepad++ config

You can create your themes as well, even ones that look like Textmate.

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