In Notepad++ you can easily assign a HotKey to a majority of menu functions using Settings->Shortcut Mapper. In most programs that allow something similar, you are given a warning if you use a HotKey that is already in use. Say you want to assign "Sort Lines in Ascending Order" to [Ctrl+S], which is currently assigned "Save". In other programs I have used, it will either block you from assigning it or warn you that doing so will disassociate it with the other command. Notepad++ will allow you to duplicate the HotKey and you will be none the wiser. This is fine as long as I know that the HotKey I want to use is actually not assigned to anything, but there are a ton of commands, especially if you have a couple Plugins installed.

Is there a plugin or a file you can search, or some way to find if a HotKey combination has already been assigned?

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Yes: in the Notepad++ directory, shortcuts.xml Its format is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer ;-)

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    There are only about 16 lines that look like they could be HotKeys, for example: <ScintillaKeys> <ScintKey ScintID="2011" menuCmdID="42004" Ctrl="yes" Alt="no" Shift="yes" Key="90" /> These could very well be some that I set, they look like they are, but I was looking for all HotKeys, especially the ones that were not set by me. I looked in the other files in that DIR and didn't see anything.
    – BillyNair
    Feb 10, 2015 at 7:43

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