Notepad++ 8 Released
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

A new version of Notepad++ has been released. The updated version of the text editor adds support for ARM64 systems, as well as extending its range beyond x86 and x64 systems.

Notepad++ is a more fully featured text editor than Microsoft's built-in Windows text editor, Notepad. Notepad++ is free to use, and was originally hosted on SourceForge.Net. It supports tabbed editing, meansing developers can work with multiple open files.  It supports syntax highlighting and syntax folding for over 50 programming, scripting, and markup languages, including HTML.


Notepad++ usually detects the language that a given file uses, using a modifiable list of file extension bindings, and you can also set the language manually. Users may also manually set the current language, overriding the extension's default language.

The new release is a major update that adds new features and improvements, with 39 changes listed in the release notes. The improvements start with the availability of an ARM64 build, available as in installer. 

One nice addition is described as "one button to build them all', in other words there's now an option to build Notepad++ with the Scintilla static lib and Boost RegExpr headers.

A new dark mode has been added. This apparently is one of the most demanded features - the developers suggest this is because the light attracts bugs (groan).

The look of Notepad++ has been updated with a more modern look thanks to Fluent UI icons on toolbar, though the old standard icons are still kept and set as default. You can also now use a new Distraction Free Mode, and there are a number of other interface improvements such as a one click action on the close button to close all the tabs in the dockable panel, and the option of changing the select text foreground color. Microsoft Bing has been removed from the Notepad++ settings for Search on Internet command, due to its poor reliability. The release notes say:

"When a search engine does the censorship instead of its job, the search result loses its quality and it's not reliable anymore. Hence, Microsoft Bing is removed from Notepad++ for "Search on Internet" command."

It's not clear which censorship this refers to, but Bing was recently in the headlines for not showing images of the Tiananmen Square massacre on the 32nd anniversary of the atrocity.

Specific language improvements include a fix so the Python Function List now shows correctly, and the addition of Ada, Fortran, Fortran77 and Haskell in function lists.


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