Copying Notepad++ to new drive
A HD is failing on one of my computers and I will be replacing it with a new SSD in the next few days. I know that I can copy %AppData%\Notepad++ from one computer to another to get my settings, context menu, plugin settings, etc. After I install Notepad++ on the new SSD, can I copy %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\plugins to get all of my plugins or do I need to download and install them all on the new SSD?
can I copy %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\plugins
Yes, assuming it’s the same or a compatible version of Notepad++ on both sides of the transfer. If you have 32-bit Notepad++ on one and 64-bit Notepad++ on the other, that won’t work because the plugin DLLs would be incompatible with 64-bit NPP. If you have Notepad++ v7.5.9 or earlier on the old and Notepad++ v7.7.1 on the new, that won’t work, because the plugins directory structure changed between then. If you have 32-bit Notepad++ v7.6.3 or newer on the old and 32-bit Notepad++ v7.7.1 on the new, it should work.
Thanks for the info. So the way that Notepad++ keeps track of plugins is as simple as just putting them in the %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\plugin folder? Other than the individual plugin settings in %AppData%\Notepad++, there are no Registry settings, ini files and such?
just putting them in the %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\plugin folder?
Technically, for the v7.6.3 and newer, in subdirectories of the plugin folder; but yes.
there are no Registry settings, ini files and such
Notepad++ doesn’t handle the settings or ini files for plugins – they handle those themselves. And typically, they use the %AppData%\Notepad++ structure, which you’ve already copied over.