Font in sidebars



  • Is it possible to change fonts in side bar (File Explorer, Function list) and how? I can only change editor font but in sidebars I don’t know how to do it. Can I do it by editing any config files and when exactly would I find font setting for File Explorer and Function list?



  • @maxitrol said in Font in sidebars:

    would I find font setting for File Explorer and Function list?

    “File Explorer”? You mean like from the Explorer plugin? If so, then this is likely controlled by the developer of that plugin.

    As to the Function List, I believe this is hardcoded into Notepad++ and can’t easily be changed at a user level.



  • @Alan-Kilborn said in Font in sidebars:

    like from the Explorer plugin? If so, then this is likely controlled by the developer of that plugin.

    Yes, I would like to have option to change Function list font for the start. Explorer I meant: “Open folder as Workspace”. Font used there is small and ugly - same as in Function list.

    I hoped there is some kind of config file where I could change it.



  • Guess you have high DPI screen.

    I really love Notepad++ but this High DPI problem almost made me give up.
    I have work screen and home screen that are the same inch size but one is High DPI and one is Standard DPI, I connect the same laptop to both and it is a nightmare.

    I spent a few weeks to study the subject and I really can’t blame anyone.

    Microsoft design decisions about Standard DPI (96) were made 25 years ago. They were reasonable then and reasonable for the last 20 years. They are nearly impossible to change in “the background” for legacy applications to support multiple DPIs. Microsoft promotes the “Modern UI” which fixes most of the multiple DPI problems. I really like the design of legacy applications but I have to admit that the API just has hard time to cope.

    Notepad++ developers used the API of the last 25 years that is tightly tied to Standard DPI. It is possible to write an old-style application for multiple DPIs but it requires paying endless amount of attention to details that just didn’t matter in the last 25 years. Adjusting an existing project with large code base to properly support multiple DPIs is a huge effort which spread to plugin developers as well.

    Those who use only a single screen can usually find the right set of hacks that make Notepad++ look reasonable but I am using Notepad++ less these days. If Notepad++ (or other legacy apps) are critical for your job, consider if you must have a High DPI screen.

    Not sure what is the right approach to keep Notepad++ relevant in the coming years.



  • @gstavi Thanks for that explanation.

    I recently got a UHD laptop. Notepad++ mostly looks fine on it. But the icons in the folder margin look very small (I mean the icons and lines showing the folders and folding states).

    I couldn’t understand why most of the application would look ok except for such a specific thing. But I guess you explained it.

    Anyways, in my case I’m using N++ in a single laptop. What would you suggest as a hack, to make just these icons/lines bigger (in the folder margin on the left)?

    Thanks!



  • @Old-Guy
    Create a shortcut for notepad++.
    Right click, select properties.
    Select compatibility tab and try the different options.
    Can’t tell you what exactly will work best for you but there are quite a lot of options.


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