Folder in Workspace

  • I’m sorry, if doublicate. But I can’t find similar topics.
    I work some years with older version of Npp and was near of satisfied with it. Now I’ve look for a new solution, have a integrated working tree. I was excited, find a new feature nearly to wishes in the actually version of Npp.
    But it have a bi problem. I miss high important functionalities in the window of the workingspace:

    1. I can’t create new files and subfolders
    2. If I do that with Windows Explorer, the tree not will be updated. For every action I must restart Npp.

    Please help. Have I take a mistake? Is it a bug? Or no one else is missing this functions?
    Thanks for help.
    Ingo from Germany

  • @Ingo-Malchow

    It might be that you misunderstood how Folder as workspace (FAW) works.
    As soon as you save a file to the folder used in FAW it will automatically appear in the tree, same is true for folders.


  • It would be fine and a first step on the right way, it would work as you describe.

    If I create a new file or directory, the tree an file list will not be actualized!

    Since I will close npp and reopen him, the work space shows the new entries.

    It is very depressing.

  • @Ingo-Malchow

    this works for me.
    May I ask you which npp version you use? Can be found under menu ?->debug-info


  • It is the newest one, downloaded 1 day before I open this thread.
    First at Win 7 pro, now on 10 pro.

    Notepad++ v7.5.7   (64-bit)
    Build time : Jun 29 2018 - 00:53:58
    Path : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : DSpellCheck.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll

  • @Ingo-Malchow,

    Thanks for the debug info.

    Since we cannot reproduce your problem on similar configurations, it’s hard for us to help you.

    It might be easier if we could see what you’re actually doing: in the last two posts in “Markdown code on this forum”, there are explained a couple of ways for recording a animated screenshot of what you’re doing (using a commercial product like SnagIt and converting to animated gif, or using something like ScreenToGif), and posting it on or similar, then embedding it in your post using the syntax ![](

    With such, we might be able to see what is going wrong with the sequence. Otherwise, you are likely to get more “it works for me” responses.

    If you cannot do the recording (your IT group won’t let you install ScreenToGif or similar), then as the next best thing, give us a detailed walk through of your exact steps

    When I try the following sequence, I get:

    1. Enable View > Folder as Workspace and open a folder (I used c:\tmp, but that sequence is not recorded in my animated screenshot)
    2. Verify that all the files listed in Windows Explorer are also in Folder As Workspace pane
    3. Add a folder in Explorer; verify it shows up in Folder As Workspace pane
    4. Add a file in Explorer; verify it shows up in Folder As Workspace pane

    In other words, “it works for me”. Hopefully, you can provide some additional details.

  • PS: it should be noted I have a different setup, notably, I’m on 7.5.6 32bit

    Notepad++ v7.5.6   (32-bit)
    Build time : Mar 19 2018 - 00:26:59
    Path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : ComparePlugin.dll dbgpPlugin.dll DSpellCheck.dll MarkdownViewerPlusPlus.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExec.dll NppExport.dll NppFTP.dll PluginManager.dll PreviewHTML.dll PythonScript.dll XMLTools.dll

  • I just tested with 7.5.7 and yes, it behaves like @Ingo-Malchow reported.
    7.5.6 is working fine. Most likely a new feature(bug).


  • Since there was a difference, I just downloaded the portable version of 7.5.7 64-bit. And it replicated your results: the Folder as Workspace pane did not update

    Notepad++ v7.5.7   (64-bit)
    Build time : Jun 29 2018 - 00:53:58
    Path : C:\usr\local\apps\npp64.7.5.7\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : ON
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : DSpellCheck.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll 

    and I see that while I was rendering this, @Claudia-Frank beat me to it (though without the image). :-)

  • Has been already reported

    @PeterJones - screen recording isn’t that easy on a super old computer ;-)


  • Really makes you wonder about the bold claims made in the very first posting in this thread.

  • The prime problem seems to be solved. But in my opinion, there are some details left to do, to convenient create a dir or/and file within the workspace pane.

    Over the context menu I can open the selected directory to open it in the file explorer. There I can create directories and files.

    But the new directory will not sortet in the directories list, but will be append to the list (1. old dirs in alphabetical order, 2. files in alphabetical order, 3. new dir). Fatal: New files in this new directory will not be shown, if I create directory and file, one after another!

    With repeatly open the new directory in the explorer and create a second new file, this second new file will be shown. The file, that I create along with the directory, is still no displayed!

    Finally: It is not possible to make a popup to create new director(y/ies) and files? Nice to have: create a empty file in a new directory by typing: “newdir/newfile.php”.

    Do you agree with me?

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