Notepad++ v8.1 is available

  • Notepad++ v8.1 is available here:

    v8.1 regression-fixes and improvements:

    1. Fix regression of auto-completion performance issue (Fix #9975)
    2. Fix Open dialog with “Save” label for “Open” button (Fix #9966)
    3. Fix Notepad++ crash on dark mode while starting up (Fix #9961)
    4. Improve look & feel in dark mode (Fix #9982)
    5. Adapt Tooltips in dark mode (Fix #9962)
    6. Remove white line under menubar in dark mode (Fix #9984)
    7. Make multiline and vertical tabs work in dark mode (Implement #10017)

    Auto-updater will be triggered in 1-2 weeks if there’s no critical issue found.

  • @donho 8.1 x64 version, use the search function, quickly click to find the next one, there will be no response, the program has a dead state, it will take a long time to return to normal.

  • @wanyangye

    8.1 x64 version, use the search function, quickly click to find the next one, there will be no response, the program has a dead state, it will take a long time to return to normal.

    What’s your debug info please? (via menu ? -> Debug Info...)
    I cannot reproduce the problem you’ve got with my v8.1 x64.
    Can anyone here reproduce it?

  • In dark mode, notepad++ change font size.

  • Bug in v8.1?
    Dark mode not fully enabled for non-admin user.
    Menus and status bar change, but not the text area or any settings window.
    On the admin account it works completely as intended.
    Code issue or a local configuration issue?



    Debug Info:
    Notepad++ v8.1 (64-bit)
    Build time : Jun 17 2021 - 01:56:07
    Path : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Command Line :
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    Cloud Config : OFF
    OS Name : Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
    OS Version : 2009
    OS Build : 19043.1055
    Current ANSI codepage : 1252
    Plugins : ComparePlugin.dll JSMinNPP.dll MarkdownViewerPlusPlus.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExport.dll XMLTools.dll

    Correction of Npp’s debug info: It is version 21H1, not 2009. Build number is correct.

  • @maddes-b

    I think you want the “DarkModeDefault” theme selected in Style Configurator. Or maybe you tried that and it doesn’t “stick” somehow?

    Correction of Npp’s debug info: It is version 21H1, not 2009.

    Is this implying that there is a bug in how N++ reports this data?

    Hmm, you might want to report a bug about your status bar as well.
    The horizontal spacing of the fields looks wacky.
    Just sayin.

  • @Alan-Kilborn: Thanks for pointing out, so I re-checked.

    #1 Dark Mode
    I never changed anything in the Style Configurator since my clean install in February 2021 (as I far as I can remember).
    For dark mode I just enabled it in the Settings (not Style Configurator).
    On the admin account it switched the theme to “DarkModeDefault” as mentioned by Alan-Kilborn.
    On my normal user there are no themes available at all, so I currently assume it is a code or installer issue. Maybe this was even introduced in an earlier release, but not recognized by me as I never changed theme stuff. The other theme issues mentioned by Alan-Kilborn could be related to this too.
    Anything else I should check out for Npp team?


    #2 Debug info
    Maybe the debug info code is just not adapted to newer versions of Windows 10 yet.
    Anything else I should check out for Npp team (e.g. reg file)?

  • Love the new dark mode. Only problem is that I’m addicted to the “Doc Switcher”, where the “Name” column still is eye damaging (not really) white. Also, if you highlight/ select a file, that too will become white.


    Nothing critical, but would be nice to have that fixed as well.

    For editor theme I use Dracula (if anyone wonders):

    Oh, some feature requests while we’re at it:

    • Add ability to have .md as default file extension. I write 99% markdown. (Preferences -> New Document -> Default language.
      • Please sort the list alphabetically too.
    • Add markdom as a “Language” in “Style Configurator”. And sort that list of “Languages” alphabetically as well.

  • Would also like to add that, when enabling “Settings on cloud”, it seems it still gets theme files from the %AppData%\Notepad++\themes folder, but user defined styles gets pulled correctly from the cloud location path (which in my case is %OneDriveConsumer%\_Share\AppData\Notepad++\userDefineLangs (Real full path, as env variables for “Settings on cloud” doesn’t work. just anonymized it with env variable in this example)).

  • @maddes-b I saw the same thing on my secondary (non-admin) user account on my Windows machine. I had installed NPP on my primary account. I am not sure if admin vs. non-admin has anything do with it, or if it is just a matter of running NPP on an account that didn’t also install it.

    At any rate, I was able to fix it by copying %AppData%\Notepad++\themes\DarkModeDefault.xml from my primary user account (the one I installed NPP with) to the same location on my secondary account.

    Note that NPP can’t be running when you do this, or it will overwrite that file on application exit with the “broken” settings. After copying the primary user’s file and then launching NPP and selecting dark mode in settings it worked for me on the secondary account. In fact, for some reason I think I had do the “close app and then copy file” twice after first running NPP to verify the error, although that may have just been because I inadvertently did the first copy while NPP was still running.

    Perhaps the default creation/copying of the DarkModeDefault.xml file (if it doesn’t already exist) is incorrect?

  • @Ivan-K You are right it’s an installer / implementation issue for multi-user systems.

    Issues with Dark Mode / Themes
    Themes are only installed to %APPDATA%\Notepad++\themes of the user who installed N++. Other users never get these (no themes at all in my case, see earlier post).

    From my point of view this is a concept error. Default themes should be in %ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\themes and %APPDATA%\Notepad++\themes supersede these. I hope this would also fit the “settings in the cloud” approach.
    Copying files around from user to user is neither convenient nor fitting well to user segregation (admin to install program, normal users to work with program).

  • Update:
    Actually the concept is already implemented.
    Out of curiosity I copied my Admin’s %APPDATA%\Notepad++\themes to %ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\themes and my normal user could see all themes.

    So 2 Issues with Themes and Dark Mode:

    • Installer does not put default themes in %ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\themes
    • Setting “Dark Mode > Enable dark mode” expects themes in %APPDATA% and if missing does not fall back to %ProgramFiles%.
      Workaround: Select Dark Mode theme manually

    I think we figured out the actual cause and related issues. Thanks to all.
    Let’s hope the N++ team can fix this in v8.2.

  • @maddes-b said in Notepad++ v8.1 is available:

    Let’s hope the N++ team can fix this in v8.2.

    Since it’s never worked that way in the past, that is a feature request, rather than a regression in v8.1. Don does check this thread for regressions, but to make sure they are noticed and tracked, feature requests should go in the official issues site on GitHub, as described in our FAQ

  • Hi there,

    I am NP++ (Minimal Portable version) user since 2015, and use it as a simple text editor (instead of Windows Notepad).
    Everything was OK till version 8 and later!

    Why the latest version has lag on start! When I click on NP++ icon it starts too late (about 2 to 3 seconds), previous versions have no lag, were just like thunder! (I am on Windows 10 20H2 x64, SSD Hard, as always NP++ Minimal Portable latest version).

  • Hi!!!
    Great to be a member!!!

  • how can we insert a image in notepad++???
    can someone please help???

  • @László-Botka

    What your link points to isn’t what @Raheesh-Ramsy is asking about.

    @Raheesh-Ramsy said:

    how can we insert a image in notepad++???

    Short answer: You can’t. Notepad++ doesn’t handle images, only text.

    BOTH: This thread is for discussion of problems with the 8.1 release of Notepad++. Please don’t ask questions or make comments unrelated to that in this thread – create a new discussion thread in that case.

  • @ten2120 Interesting. Do you use any custom plugins? Have you enabled the dark mode?
    It would be interesting to see your debug info (Menu > ? > Debug Info)

  • And still no way to choose the obsolete icon. The app and file type icon is the only reason I’m sticking with 6.9.2.

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