Notepad ++ is a common text editor, a free source code editor that naturally support ideally many languages and mark-ups.

It is based on Ms Windows environment with its usage being governed by GPL license. Notepad++ is based on a powerful editing component called Scintilla.

Notepad ++ was originally written in C++ language with win32 API and STL that ensures maximum execution speed in a smaller program.

Notepad ++ is designed to use less CPU power and highly user-friendly to design code in.

Its support for plug-ins is just amazing,  in addition to its ability to be translated to major languages is exceptional, a breeze for developers to do coding from their native languages.

Now that you are better informed about the ingenious Notepad++, I will discuss 21 best Notepad ++ plugins to consider in this era of code writing and design.

NotePad++ Plugins

1. XBrackets Lite

XBrackets Lite is one of the coolest plug-in worth mentioning among the top most important plug-ins of Notepad++.

It allows for auto-completion of an open bracket character for instance; (, [, {  with the corresponding closing brackets for example; ), ], }.

It substantially reduces the time taken for coding taking into account the fact that most brackets form part of special characters on the normal QWERTY keyboards.

These brackets are normally colored differently from the rest of the code for easy location.

 

2. Snippet Plugin

Notepad ++ being one of the top text editors readily available today has superb features that coders are fascinated with.

Apart from being highly customizable, it supports many third-party plug-ins to help developers while coding web applications and desktop applications, the snippet plug-in being a fundamental member of the team.

The snippet plug-in allows developers to add various code snippets used often to make their coding experience a hobby.

Excuse your memory for other productivity. No need to memorize the codes! Sounds funny but that is what snippet plug-in came in to serve.

 

3. Explorer

Explorer plug-in arranges folders for a developer to figure out and navigate easily across numerous source code files and folders.

Explorer displays folders and files on the left corner of the text editor window in a hierarchical order so that you can locate files without much a hustle.

 

4. Code Alignment

This plug-in aligns the code and gives us the power to choose a sign for alignment, for instance in the case of multiple variable assignments.

Case

Var  a = {2, 4, 5, 1}

Another cool feature of code alignment plug-in is the user-centric short-cuts which save time for coders.

 

5. NPPExport

Allows developers to export markdown code in a format that can be understood by the end receiver, it converts markdown files to HTML or RTF extensions.

6. Compare

Compare plug-in helps in comparing two text files side by side to grasp the difference in the code.

7. Spell Checker

This plug-in check for spelling errors in the source code. It can pinpoint errors manifesting in our code and allows those errors to be fixed on the fly.

8. Multi-Clipboard

Multi-clipboard makes copying code from other source files or within the source easy. It keeps a history of copy commands on the left side of the notepad++ text editor window for the whole coding process.

9. JSToolNPP Plug-in

This is a JS tool for notepad++ that helps coders in JavaScript work with ease. The main features of this plug-in include;

JSON Minify: decreases JavaScript source file size by removing comments, white spaces, and plain enters.

JSON: Displays JSON text in tree form in a new window.

JSFormat: Cleans the code by removing white spaces.

 

10. Finger Text

Finger Text is another cool plug-in that is useful when writing the same block of code multiple times, a real time saver plug-in that takes away the strenuous repetitive tasks in writing the code.

11. Preview HTML

 

This plug-in allows developers to preview the changes made on the source code and a chance to view the effects of the changes on the fly by pressing Ctrl + Shift + H.

Without the plug-in, the developer would need to save the changes on the source file and go back to the browser and refresh for the changes to take effect.

Still, it is a time saver for developer/designers.

 

12. Auto Indent

Indentation helps programmers and would-be programmers arrange and make their code neat and readable. Indented code is easy to grasp as compared to jangled code that is hard to comprehend.

 

13. TextFX Plug-in

The plug-in automatically closes the HTML tag, when the developer writes a corresponding opening tag.

It saves the developer the precious time of having to write the opening tags and ending tags manually. Again it is handy if you are running short on time or trying to beat a deadline.

 

14. Autosave

 

With this plug-in installed, you do not need to worry about saving your code on the source code file. It has the option to set up the save interval time for example; autosave after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes etc. If we close the editor accidentally, thank God you are insured! The autosave plug-in ensures we don’t lose a single piece of code we have created. When we re-open the file again we are taken to the place where we left, how cool is that?

15. Customize Toolbar

Notepad ++ doesn’t allow for customization unless with the customize toolbar plug-in.

The plug-in gives us the privilege to customize the toolbar by adding, removing or altering the menu items.

 

16. NppFTP

The plug-in brings an FTP host window where we can easily manage files already in the FTP server.

 

17. SearchInFile

This plug-in allows us to search a line of code among the long list of thousands of lines of code on the editor hustle free.

18. TopMost

This plug-in gives the notepad++ a privilege to be on top of other concurrent open programs. It also utilizes memory between the sessions and toolbar buttons.

19. SimpleSCript

This plug-in empowers the developer to create scripts from the built-in functions which you will need to execute the scripts afterward in linear.

20. DBGP plug-in

It is a PHP debugger or xdebug. It has the DBGP protocol which allows the user to convert notepad++ into a PHP IDE.

21. Convert EXT

To wrap up my 21 best notpad++ plug-ins to use is Convert EXT. It allows notepad++ accomplish many tasks, from replacing a typed character by utilizing a user-defined one to converting files into different encoding styles.

Conclusion

Notepad++ is a good text editor within our reach. With the addition of plug-ins, it makes it fun to code in. Convenience, swiftness, robustness and long-time presence in the coding world is an experience to live with. I recommend notepad++ to anyone starting to code and even the seasoned.