It's time for UI update!

  • @Scott-Sumner

    Hi Scott,

    I actually want to change the UI similar to the dark theme in visual studio with a few tweaks.


  • @Pyre909 I think you would have to recompile it from source in order to make such changes? From the little research i did it seemed liked the colors was hard coded somewhere.
    But… you wrote that 2 months ago, what’s the current progress?

  • I’m also for a new modern design, Tommie Hansen’s mockup looks pretty well, add some flat icons for the toolbar and it will look sick. I think it will attract a lot of new users too, in using Notepad++, users that are not programmers but do some moderate text manipulations from time to time, and don’t want to use some app that looks like it was made in windows 95 era.

  • Cannot believe this this post is 4 years old and there is no 0.01% improvements.
    Nowadays this editor looks ported from other OS, way outdated! (In most cases i’m skipping using it)

  • @Angel-Zaprianov

    feel free to contribute to this open source project.

  • Hello from 2020!
    Notepad continues to be an outdated UI style.
    I switched to another text editor. But there is still little hope that developers will change the UI in 10-30 years, and add a dark style.

  • hello, I have only just looked into customizing Npp and have noticed, that UI wise a few things are missing.
    yes, the UI could be completely reworked… but i don’t think that’s necessary.
    The features I am primarily missing are application background / foreground colors (menu bar, toolbar, status bar, areas inbetween)
    aswell as removing that ugly win 95/98/2000 tab border.

    I have drawn a quick mockup of how that could look.

    All of that would of course be options. I would never even consider forcing people to use one style or look over the other. its user choice to go for what suits them best.
    original screenshot
    modified version

    The next step after what I’ve drawn would be custom icon themes or a greater choice. LibreOffice for example has built in about 5 themes and a few variations of each and is capable on linux to use the system icon theme.
    If themes like Breeze (black & white) or Tango were bundled and selectable through the options, that would be a great plus aswell.

  • @Tayou

    I guess you’d better get working on it.
    The project accepts pull-requests.
    Good luck; I await the fruits of your labors.

  • @Alan-Kilborn I am fully aware of that, however I am not a win32 dev, I have never worked with that UI system and it would be a quite steep learning curve. i am considering to look into it, but I have other more important things to do as of now. Maybe you will see those changes in the future if i do manage to get it done. But for now I was just sharing how i would envision the changes. For others to decide if thats a good plan, and for devs (that actually know how win32 UIs and generally programming works) to get some idea for what to do.

  • @Tayou said in It's time for UI update!:

    and for devs to get some idea for what to do.

    Perhaps the devs already know where they want to focus their efforts for their product, and don’t need big thinkers. Probably what would help is big doers.

    but I have other more important things to do as of now.

    Well, good thing you could stop by for a few minutes to lay out some future design work for Notepad++.

    This post is made in jest, but there is some truth in it as well.