Call Notepad++ from Firefox to edit Text Field?



  • In my HTML pages I have to edit some really huge text fields (not the HTML source).

    • The most simple - but really unhandy - way is to copy&paste between FF and NPP.
    • The second way are some FF-Addons (Edit with Notepad++; withExEditor, …), but they look a little bit complex to install and to use and maybe a little bit “unusual / rarely used / …?”
    • So - are there other ways to easily communicated between FF and NPP?

    Have a good time!



  • @Pierre-de-la-Verre I’m not aware about a better way but in the same scenario I would do the following:

    I don’t know what is your OS so I will suppose you’re operating under Win.

    • clic with the left mouse button on the text field into the web / html page opened in ff
    • Ctrl + a to select the whole text the text field contains
    • Ctrl+c to copy the selected text to clipboard
    • ALT+TAB to focus n++ window
    • Ctrl+v to paste into n++ empty doc the new text

    After editing the text in n++ I would repeat the above passages this time from n++ to ff.
    Easy, direct, and no plugins or scripting needed.

    If you want to complicate things use addons to make easy tasks like this more difficult. Addons are powerful but it must worth their use and for this I’m not sure unless you really have to do it a lot of times

    But if you really want to automate the whole process of copy-pasting (maybe you have to do it multiple times so it becomes really boring) maybe you can use AutoIt, or TinyTask, or AutoHotkeys, or any other macro creator. Create a macro, bind it to a keyboard shortcut and you’re done. But you have to learn how they operate as everything.
    As far as I know n++ has also a builtin macro recorder but it acts just inside n++: so you cannot do anything outside of it with this method.
    Maybe a possibility comes from a scripting language. For example you can create a python script in n++ itself and call it with a keyboard shortcut as well: same need as above though to learn python programming. Maybe even a vbs script can be used to send some commands to automate the repetitive copy-paste procedure.



  • @Pierre-de-la-Verre said in Call Notepad++ from Firefox to edit Text Field?:

    are there other ways to easily communicated between FF and NPP?

    Without a concrete example of what you’re exactly doing, it is hard to beat copy-n-paste for speed and efficiency.



  • Thanks for your replies!

    @wonkawilly said in Call Notepad++ from Firefox to edit Text Field?:


    Easy, direct, and no plugins or scripting needed.

    If you want to complicate things use addons to make easy tasks like this more difficult. Addons are powerful but it must worth their use and for this I’m not sure

    I got this job from colleagues which used the old version of add-on “withexeditor” and told me “it’s so fine and so important and …”, but the more I look at it (and the value behind it …) the more I have doubts about the time to invest for a “simple solution”


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