What is equivalent of TextPad's 'Workspace'

  • Hi, first post. Just installed as a likely replacement for TextPad. Used that for decades so may take me a while to get comfortable with new UI. One immediate point: When I reopen TextPad it displays my choice of frequently used files in a ‘workspace’. Is Npp’s equivalent what it calls a Session?

    I tentatively tried File > Save Session but was surprised that the Save dialog did not specify a specific extension.

    Alternatively, is it this left hand pane ‘Folder as Workspace’? If so how do I set that up please?

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK

  • @Terry-Pinnell

    I don’t know TextPad so can’t say for sure whether Sessions are what you are looking for.

    Sessions are a group of file which you have defined or a automatically defined when you set Remember current session for next launch from
    If you save it manually, then you have to load it manually. The file extension is normally set to xml as those files are xml files.

    Folder as Workspace is a dockable dialog which gives you an
    explorer like treeview of a folder and its subfolders and files.
    Right-click into the area and a context menu pops up which allows
    to add and folder.

  • Thanks @Ekopalypse, that’s helpful. It does seem that ‘session’ is the equivalent I need. That option Remember current session for next launch was set by default so I see that normally I won’t need to manually save a session.

    I’ll need to play with that Folder as Workspace, as the penny hasn’t dropped on its purpose. I would usually either d-click or drag files into a text editor from their Win 10 File Explorer folders. How do most Npp users work with this ‘workspace’?

  • @Terry-Pinnell

    I can’t tell what most Npp users do :)
    but if I had to bet,
    then I would bet my money on drag & drop from explorer :)

  • @Terry-Pinnell

    or maybe I misunderstood your question.

    Folder as workspace(FAW) is useful in case you want to have a directory always
    available from within notepad++. If this directory gets changed
    from outside of npp it is automatically reflected within FAW.
    Means, npp listens to creation and deletion of files within this directory.


  • @Terry-Pinnell

    I use the Explorer plugin which gives me a Windows Explorer like file manager like Folder as Workspace, but with all the right-click context menu goodness of Windows Explorer.


  • Thanks both, understood.

  • @Michael-Vincent said in What is equivalent of TextPad's 'Workspace':

    but with all the right-click context menu goodness of Windows Explorer.

    I use the Explorer plugin, but I’ve maybe only discovered some of the “goodness”? Maybe there is something I am missing?

  • @Alan-Kilborn

    With the Explorer plugin I’m using, right-click context menu shows:

    New File...
    New Folder...
    Find in Files...
    Standard Menu >
    NppExec Script(s) >
    Open Command Window Here
    Add to 'Favorites'...
    Full File Path(s) to Clipboard
    File Name(s) to Clipboard
    Create Shortcut

    Using the “Standard Menu” expanding menu item, I get pretty much all the other stuff as if I just do a right-click context menu in the Windows Explorer app. This includes Tortoise Git which I have installed so I get “Git integration” with N++.

    Have a look.


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