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How to download and install Notepad++?

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Notepad is an essential Windows tool that doesn’t stand out much at first, but it can come in handy if you deal with various kinds of text files daily. However, only a simple word editor with limitations can require power users to switch to a more versatile word processor or code editor.

However, if you don’t want to jump into VS Code for every text file or want to use something simpler, Notepad++ is one of the best options. It’s open-source, free to download and use, and comes with many customisation options for both regular text files and code.

In this article, we’ll examine how to download and install Notepad++ on your computer. You can watch the video below or continue reading the article.

Also read: How to change font in Notepad++? 

Downloading Notepad++

Downloading Notepad++ is a matter of visiting the website and grabbing the right package according to your operating system. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Head to the official Notepad++ website and click the Download section in the sidebar.

Step 2: Once in the Downloads section, you’ll see all the currently available versions of Notepad++. We recommend downloading the latest stable release. However, if you’re looking for a specific version, you can find and download it as well. Once you’ve decided to download a specific version, click it to head over to see the download files.

Step 3: You’ll see several files available for download. These include installers for x64 and x86 bit versions of Windows, ARM installers, and portable zip archives for each architecture type.

If you want to install Notepad++ on your PC, download the installers. Otherwise, download any of the portable installations if you’re looking for a quick way of running Notepad++ without integrating it with your system. For most use cases, downloading the installer is recommended. However, feel free to choose whatever installation file best fits your needs.

Also read: How to remove duplicates in Notepad++?

Installing Notepad++

Once you’ve downloaded the installer of your choice, installing Notepad++ is a matter of either running the installer executable file or extracting the portable archive.

If you’re working with the installer, the Notepad++ installation wizard will automatically guide you through the process, including adding any file integrations and providing support.

Also read: How to wrap text in Notepad++?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: