Plugins option not visible in toolbar
Shelly Walston last edited by
I have been using Notepad++ for a while and the Compare plugin and others. Recently, the Plugins have completely disappeared from the app. I check the Plugins folder and the dlls are still there. I have gone to Settings » Import » Import Plugins and select the Compare dll and nothing happens - I still do not have the Plugins available in my toolbar.
Meta Chuh last edited by Meta Chuh
welcome to the notepad++ community @Shelly-Walston
if you have recently upgraded to notepad++ 7.6.2 (recommended), the location and folder structure, where the plugins are supposed to be, have changed, and you need to move them to the new location.
installed notepad++ version 7.6.2:
the new location for an installed 7.6.2 version of notepad++ is :
%ProgramData%\Notepad++\pluginswhich will resolve to
C:\ProgramData\Notepad++\pluginson most systems.
taking ComparePlugin as an example, the folder structure should be:
note: the folder structure for portable versions is similar, but confined within the portable version’s program folder.
portable notepad++ version 7.6.2:
again taking ComparePlugin as an example, the portable folder structure should be:
one strange thing you mentioned, is that you don’t even see the plugins menu.
are you using a portable version or an installed version ?
which notepad++ version are you currently using ?
please also go to the notepad++ help menu: ? > debug info and paste it here
Shelly Walston last edited by
Thank you for the info.
Notepad++ v7.6 (32-bit)
Build time : Nov 12 2018 - 23:51:42
Path : C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
Admin mode : OFF
Local Conf mode : OFF
OS : Windows 7 (64-bit)
Plugins : none
I do not believe I am using the portable version. I am only using 7.6 and when I click on “update Notepad++” I am advised there is no update. When I check the %ProgramData% folder, there is no Notepad++ folder there - so I am guessing it would update if I moved to version 7.6.2 - but not sure how to do this when the Update Notepad++ says there are no updates available.
Also, currently the program is installed on Windows 7 in Program Files (x86). I will be getting a new Windows 10 laptop in a couple of weeks, so maybe I should just install the program fresh on that laptop and not worry about this one.
andrecool-68 last edited by
It’s time to open a new thread on the “plugin paths curve” forum
PeterJones last edited by PeterJones
The check for updates lags behind releases, often by a few weeks or more, to give a “beta-test period” before indicating to the general public that an auto-update is available; the developer doesn’t set it to auto-update to a new version until he’s more comfortable that it’s reliable.
You can always download and install the most recent version at https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/ , if you are willing to participate in the “beta test”.
update: there were some known issues with 7.6.0 and 7.6.1, which is why there was such a quick succession to 7.6.2. If you want to use the new folder structure @Meta-Chuh mentioned, you have to be on 7.6.2.
Also, your Debug Info (thanks for that) does confirm you are in installed mode, not portable (
Local Conf mode: OFFindicates installed;
ONwould indicate ‘portable’)
PeterJones last edited by
(too late for update 2): 7.6.2 is getting to the point that it’s considered more stable than 7.6 and 7.6.1, so you should be safe manually updating to that, as long as you follow @Meta-Chuh’s plugin advice here and elsewhere in the forum.