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Must-Know Keyboard Shortcuts of Notepad++ for Windows

Notepad++ is a great text editor and you can make it even better by using these Windows keyboard shortcuts. Whether you’re a programmer looking for a simple solution to dump your code, or you’re searching for an easy-to-use text editor with more shazam, Notepad++ is a fine choice.

Must-Know Keyboard Shortcuts of Notepad++ for Windows

Available for Windows, Notepad++ is a free text and source code editor that offers persistent tabs that auto-save your content. It might not display all of the bells and whistles on first look, but Notepad++ certainly offers much more than Windows’ native Notepad. Plus, best of all, it’s free.

To help you use Notepad++ like a pro, we’ve put together this mega list of all the keyboard shortcuts you need to know.

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Shortcut Action
Ctrl + O Open the File
Ctrl + N New File
Ctrl + S Save File
Ctrl + Alt + S Save As
Ctrl + Shift + S Save All
Ctrl + P Print the File
Alt + F4 Exit the File
Ctrl + Tab Open the next Document
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Open the previous Document
Ctrl + W Close current Document
Ctrl + Numpad Navigate to the n-th Document


Shortcut Action
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + Insert Copy
Ctrl + Shift + T Copy the current line to the clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut
Shift + Delete Cut
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Insert Paste
Ctrl + Z Undo
Alt + Backspace Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + A Select All
Alt + Shift + Arrow Keys Column Mode Select
Ctrl + Left Mouse Click Start the new selected area
Alt + C Column Editor
Ctrl + D Duplicate the Current Line
Ctrl + T Switch the current line position with the previous line position
Ctrl + Shift + Up Move the Current Line
Ctrl + Shift + Down Move the Current Line
Ctrl + Left Mouse Click Delete the Current Line
Ctrl + I Split Lines
Ctrl + J Join Lines
Ctrl + G Launch the GoToLine Dialog
Ctrl + Q Single line comment
Ctrl + Shift + Q Single line uncomment
Ctrl + K Toggle the single line comment
Ctrl + Shift + K Block comment
Tab Insert indent
Shift + Tab Insert outdent
Ctrl + Backspace Delete to the start of the word
Ctrl + Delete Delete to the end of the word
Ctrl + Shift + Backspace Delete to the start of the line
Ctrl + Shift + Delete Delete to the end of the line
Ctrl + U Convert to lower case
Ctrl + Shift + U Convert to upper case
Ctrl + B Go to matching brace
Ctrl + Space Launch the CallTip ListBox
Ctrl + Shift + Space Launch the Function Completion ListBox
Ctrl + Alt + Space Launch the Path Completion ListBox
Ctrl + Enter Launch the Word Completion ListBox
Ctrl + Alt + R Text Direction RTL
Ctrl + Alt + L Text Direction LTR
Enter Split the line downwards
Shift + Enter Split the line downwards
Ctrl + Alt + Enter Insert new unindented line above the current one
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Enter Insert new unindented line below the current one
Shortcut Action
Ctrl + F Launch Find Dialog
Ctrl + H Launch Find/Replace Dialog
F3 Find Next
Shift + F3 Find Previous
Ctrl + Shift + F3 Find in Files
F7 Switch to the Search Results window
Ctrl + Alt + F3 Find (volatile) Next
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F3 Find (volatile) Previous
Ctrl + F3 Select and Find Next
Ctrl + Shift + F3 Select and Find Previous
F4 Got to next found
Shift + F4 Go to previous found
Ctrl + Shift + I Incremental Search
Ctrl + N Jump Down
Ctrl + Shift + N Jump Up
Ctrl + F2 Toggle Bookmark
F2 Go to the Next Bookmark
Shift + F2 Go to the Previous Bookmark
Ctrl + B Go to the Matching Brace
Ctrl + Alt + B Select All between the Matching Braces


Shortcut Action
Ctrl + Shift + R Start to record / Stop recording the macro
Ctrl + Shift + P Play the recorded macro
Alt + Shift + S Trim Trailing and Save


Shortcut Action
F5 Launch Run Dialog
Alt + F1 Get PHP help
Alt + F2 Google search
Alt + F3 Wikipedia search
Alt + F5 Open file
Alt + F6 Open file in another instance
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R Open in Chrome
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + X Open in Firefox
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I Open in IE
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F Open in Safari
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + O Send via Outlook

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Shortcut Action
Enter Next match
Shift + Enter Previous match


Shortcut Action
Ctrl + (Keypad-/Keypad+) Zoom in and zoom out
Ctrl + Keypad/ Restore the original size
F11 Toggle full screen
F12 Toggle Post-It mode
Ctrl + Alt + F Collapse the current level
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F Uncollapse the current level
Alt + 0 Fold all
Alt + (1~8) Collapse the level (1~8)
Alt + Shift + 0 Unfold all
Alt + Shift + (1~8) Uncollapse the level (1~8)
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