Notepad++ supports either switching between the most recently used tabs or adjacent tabs (depending on the Notepad++ configuration). I was hoping to switch between tabs like Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + 2, etc. just as in Google Chrome.

This functionality does not seem to be supported natively in Notepad++, but I was wondering if there is any plugin/addon that may support this. Or is there a different notepad application?

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Notepad++ supports switching between tabs via the Contrl + NumberPad key combinations rather than the top level number keys.

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  • Thanks. I did check settings but got lost with so many of them. I should have checked tabs. Thanks again. Very useful
    – doon
    Apr 1, 2015 at 12:06
  • Nice. I just tried this in Sublime Text and it supports it as well.
    – taco
    Apr 1, 2015 at 20:32
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    You can change these in the Settings -> Shortcut Mapper
    – ps2goat
    Apr 1, 2015 at 22:16
  • @taco In Sublime you can also use Alt + Top-row number. Apr 2, 2015 at 6:50

If you are using a standard keyboard you could use Control+NumPad key to switch between the first 9 tabs.
You could also use Control+PageUp to switch to the Previous Tab and Control+PageDown to switch to the Next Tab. Source: Go to Notepad++ > Click on View > Tab >
Note: NumLock should be turned on.

Also found this hidden feature during experimental shortcut search on Notepad++. You can use Control+Tab to switch to the last used Tab. Also pressing and holding the Control+Tab will show you a list of all the files open in Notepad++. You could then keep pressing Tab to select which file you want to open(You could use the Up or Down Arrow keys to do the same). Control+Shift+Tab takes you to the previous file name.
Answer Bonus :): You could use Control+Tab to shift between tabs in Google Chrome too instead of using the Control+Number to switch tabs. Control+Shift+Tab will take you to the Previous Tab.

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