In Notepad++, How Do You Compare Two Files?

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As a text editor, Notepad++ is nothing more or less. You could use it to write the code if you’re a programmer. Many premium IDEs have auto-completion and syntax highlighting, but Notepad++ has both.  However, because Notepad++ is free and open-source, you don’t have to pay a penny to use it. To compare the two files, you can use Notepad++ as well.

First, you’ll need to install a plugin to compare two files using Notepad++ because, by default, the program lacks this feature. The best technique to discover the difference between the two files is to compare them one at a time. In programming, you could compare two files and find the differences between old and new versions of your scripts.

In Notepad++, How Do I Compare Two Files?

You must install the plugin before you may compare two files with Notepad++. Ensure you’re using the latest version of Notepad++ before installing the plugin. Plugins Admin will appear in the pop-up window.

Check if you have the Compare plugin installed by searching for it in the available search box. You can install it by clicking the Install button. Restart the Notepadd++ after the installation is complete.

Make sure you go here to fix any issues you may be having with this plugin.

Begin Comparing  

With the Compare plugin installed, you can now compare two files in Notepad++. It is best to start by opening a file in Notepad++ and then selecting the Compare (Ctrl + Alt + C) option in Plugins to compare it with another file. If you have two open files, you can reach them here.

To compare the first open file, go to Plugins -> Comparison -> Set as First To Comparing (Ctrl+Alt+1) to reach one of its reachable files. Open a new file and compare it with the one you’ve just opened.

Notepad++ compares your files in a two-view mode by default (horizontally). Right-clicking the grabber and selecting Rotate to rights or Rotate to the left will vertically put you.

Thanks to the Compare plugin, colors and symbols are used to show you the changes in your file.

  • The line is unique to the new file; it does not appear in previous versions.
  • Removing (-): The line is not present in the new file but is only present in the old file
  • The line occurs only once and in a different location in the other file.
  • The majority of the line is the same in both files. You will mark those modifications with an ominous orange.

The Compare plugin comes with a navigation bar if you’re comparing two huge files. This navigation bar is like a bookmark browser and sitemap in operating. You can activate the navigator bar by heading to Plugins -> Comparing -> Navigation Bar and selecting it.