How to Replace Notepad with Notepad++ on Windows 11?


Notepad is the default text editor found on Windows computers. Every .txt file is configured to open directly in Notepad. It has paved the way for text editors for quite some time now, in which period we have seen some very promising competitors of Notepad. One of these is Notepad++. It is a free, open-sourced text editing software that provides the same features as Notepad and then some. Users can write on Notepad++ in several languages.

Notepad++ has several features integrated into it that lightweight applications like Notepad lack. There are several aspects of text editing and curation that Notepad lacks, many of which are specialized by Notepad++. Users cannot modify large text files in Notepad, which is something one can easily do in Notepad++.

There are several advanced features such as finding text in all the files of a folder, bookmarking files, customizable hotkeys, and a much better search and replace utility. Besides, the app is only 5MB big (still bigger than Notepad which, if you download from the Windows Store, is only around 2MB). In this risewindows article, we will show you how to replace Notepad with Notepad++ on Windows 11.

How to Replace Notepad with Notepad++ in Windows 11?

Step 1. First, download and install the latest version of Notepad++ on your PC.

Step 2. Now, create a normal notepad file as you were doing. For that, right-click on the blank area on the desktop, select New, and then Text Document.

Step 3. Then, right-click on the text document (.txt) and select the Properties option.

Step 4. After that, on the New Text Document Properties dialog, click on the Change button.

Step 5. Next, on the pop-up window, select the Notepad++ entry and then click on the OK button.

Step 6. Then, in the New Text Document Properties dialog, click on Apply/OK button


After completing the above steps, whenever you will double-click on the text (.txt) file, it will open with the Notepad++ application.

That’s it for the article.

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