How to Open Notepad++ in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see:

I am using a Windows 11 PC for this instance. Let’s get started.

How to Open Notepad++

Press Windows + R to launch the Run Command Box. Enter cmd, then press the Enter key.

In Command Prompt, type start notepad++ and hit Enter.

Now you can see Notepad++.


Follow these steps to open a specific file in Notepad++:

Type the following in the Command Prompt: start notepad++ “filepath”

Replace filepath with the actual path to the file. Press the Enter key.

Here’s an example: start notepad++ “C:\sample.txt”

Follow these steps to open a file in Notepad++ at a specific line:

Start Command Prompt. Press the Enter key after typing the following command. 

The command is: start notepad++ “filepath” -nX. 

Replace filepath with the actual path to the file and X with the desired line number.

Here are some alternative ways to accomplish the same task:

Method #1

Press Windows + R to open the Run command.

Enter powershell and then hit Enter.

Type in the start notepad++ command in the Windows PowerShell window and press Enter.

Method #2

By pressing Windows + R, open Run. Type notepad++ and then press Enter.

The above command can also be used in the following programs:

Method #3

Open the Start menu.

Notepad++ appears in the search results when you type notepad++. Click on it.

Method #4

Open the Start menu.

Hit the All apps button which you can find below the search box.

Notepad++ can be found in the N section. Hit it.

Method #5

Open the C drive.

Open the Programs Files folder if you have a PC that is a 64-bit version. Otherwise, open the Program Files (x86) folder.

Double-click the Notepad++ folder.

Double-click the notepad++ file.

Method #6

Double-click on the Notepad++ shortcut on the desktop. If you don’t have that shortcut, then you can create one if you wish and the next section will help you with that.

What is Notepad++

It is a source code and text editor that can be used to create and edit documents.

It was created using the C++ programming language. This program is free and on their official site, you can also download it for your PC.

And remember that Notepad++ is far more than that of other text editors such as Notepad. 

The following are some of the features of and benefits of using Notepad++:

  • The software can handle any type of file.
  • The application works on multiple platforms and in different languages.
  • Notepad++ has the ability to count words, syntax highlighting, spell check, always on top, and more.
  • Notepad++ has an application programming interface (API), which means it can be extended with plug-ins created by third parties.
  • You can create and edit multiple files using the same instance.
  • It is customizable, with a variety of appearance and behavior options available.
  • Fast and effective search.
  • In addition, it also comes as a portable application that can be used on the device without being installed.

Notepad++ can be a good alternative to Notepad since it not only lets you create and edit plain text files but also offers additional functions.

However, I suggest that you use Notepad++ instead of Windows Notepad only when you need the features that are available in the former which are lacking in the latter.

How to Create a Notepad++ Shortcut

Check out how to add a Notepad++ shortcut to your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on the blank area of the File Explorer or desktop.

Move the mouse over “New.” Click “Shortcut” under “Folder.”

When a pop-up box appears, hit the Browse button.

Now you need to select the notepad++ executable file. You can find it in the Notepad++ folder, which you can find in Program Files (x86) if your PC is a 32-bit version or Program Files if your PC is a 64-bit version.

Once you’ve selected the file, hit the OK button.

Click the Next button. Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the one suggested.

Click the “Finish” button.

How to Completely Replace Notepad with Notepad++

To do so, follow these steps:

Open Run by pressing Windows + R. Simply type cmd, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

You can now see that the Command Prompt has been opened as an administrator.

Use the following command if your PC runs a 32-bit version:

REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe” /v “Debugger” /t REG_SZ /d “\”%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Notepad++\notepad++.exe\” -notepadStyleCmdline -z” /f

If you have a PC that is 64-bit version, then use this command:

REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe” /v “Debugger” /t REG_SZ /d “\”%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\notepad++.exe\” -notepadStyleCmdline -z” /f


To undo this, run the following command at the elevated command prompt.

Here’s the command: REG DELETE “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe” /v “Debugger” /f

That’s it.

Follow these steps to open text files in Notepad++ instead of Notepad. Remember, however, that this applies only to text files.

Here are the steps:

If you haven’t already, install Notepad++.

Now right-click on the text file. 

Note: You can create a new text file by right-clicking on a blank space, hovering over New, and then hitting Text Document. Hit Enter if you like the suggested name. Otherwise, provide the name you want and then press the Enter key. That’s all there is to it. Once you have created it, right-click on it.

Then hit Properties.

Under the General tab, you will find the Change button. Please click on it.

In the popup, select Notepad++.

Then hit the OK button.

Hit the OK button.

That’s it. Rather than Notepad, from now on all text files will be opened by Notepad++.

How to Open a New Tab in Notepad++

When you open a file in Notepad++, it will be displayed in a new tab by default.

With that said, let’s check out the step to open a new tab in Notepad++.

To open a new tab, press Ctrl + N. That’s it.

You can also open a new tab by pressing these keys one by one: Alt, F, N.

You can also perform the same task by following these steps: Click File in the top left corner. Select the New option. That’s all there is to it.

Alternatively, you can do this by clicking on the first icon from the left.

How to Open or Move a File in a New Instance of Notepad++

Let’s see how to move or open a file in a new instance of Notepad++.

Right-click on the file that you want to move to a new instance or open in a new instance.

The following options are now available: Move to New Instance and Open in New Instance.

Hit the former if you want to move the file to a new instance. To open the file in a new instance, click the latter.

Alternatively, you can perform the same task by clicking View at the top. Simply hover your mouse over Move/Clone Current Document. 

If you’d like to move it to a new instance, select the Move to New Instance option. Click Open in New Instance to open it in a new instance.

That’s all there is to it.


  • You’ll find the above options grayed out if you do not save your work or have an empty tab.
  • On an empty tab, you can press Alt + F6 or click Run > Open file in another instance to open a new instance of Notepad++. That’s all.